Camden Valley Model Railway

Based on the now, long gone, Branch Line from Campbelltown to Camden,

Sunday, 16 June 2019

"Well Done".

Since my last blog I have had a few up's and down's. (Down for Sydney, up for Home).
A few weeks ago, on a Monday Morning, my wife had an early appointment, so after Breakfast I said, you go, and I will wash the breakfast dishes, and make the bed.
I made the bed alright, so that I could get back into it. I strained my back, pulling the bed cover up into position. There I remained for the following 5 days.
I started to come good just in time to travel to Sydney for the Train Show at Rosehill Racecourse on the June long weekend. The wife and I went down to Sydney on the Friday, show on Saturday, home Saturday Night.
I must congratulate Epping Club members on an excellent show, all good quality layouts worth viewing, well laid out and plenty of room to move.
At the show, I was able to pick up some detail items I wanted, Split Rail  Fencing, Signals, Level Crossing Signs, Ground Point Indicators, and on order and not too far away, Yard Lights for Campbelltown. These lights are "dummies" as I am not going to run 2 wires around the entire layout just to light these up. The other thing was that the dummies are in packs of 2 for $11.00, the lit ones are $34.00 each. I need at least 5 or 6.
I have assembled the Signals, Level Crossing Signs and the Split Rail Fencing, and they are all in position.
While in my stupid mood, I went around and weathered what required weathering, Fencing, Stock Yard, Coal Stage, where ever the brush would reach.
It's surprising what a difference the weathering makes to an object, when viewed from a distance.
When the lights go in, I will post some up dated photos, but thought I would just keep you informed of what has been happening over these last few weeks. 

Cheers for now.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

"What's it's Proper Name".

Following on from my previous blog, I managed to pick up the necessary items for my fencing. The question is "what do I refer to it as, Strand Wire or Wire Strand, Fencing. No matter what I call it, you know what I am referring to.
I managed to drill approximately 100 posts from the #135 (30 x 100) Evergreen strip Styrene. Using the Dremel and a jig, made it easy work for the 3 days I spent making them. Fortunately, it was a sit down on the job episode. The Jig from my previous 2 layouts enabled me to assemble the timber strainer and corner posts. I need to end each fence at the module joins, or they cannot be separated when the time comes without destroying them.
Today, I set about fixing some of these posts into position on the layout, and the glue will set overnight, without me fiddling any further.
I still need to make some timber posts and these are in the jig at the moment, and tomorrow they will get stage 2 of the makeup.

Bridge to Narellan past Elderslie Station.

Narellan Yard to Station
Narellan to Campbelltown

The wire threading will be slow as I need to do each fence 4 times. So long as I don't miss out on Morning and Afternoon Teas, I'll be happy. Painting the fences will be done last thing.
Cheers for now.  

Thursday, 16 May 2019

"Fencing, Part 2".

Early this week during our trip back from Sydney, we made a detour to Newcastle to pick up some material for my wire strand fencing.
During our stop over, I checked out Newcastle's Light Rail. Driving home I was thinking, why are people complaining about loosing their train service, which was one train every hour, when this light rail is running a five minute service from Wickham to Newcastle Beach. We saw 2 trams arrive at Newcastle Beach terminus and both had quite a number of passengers each. The light rail must operate on battery power as there is no overhead wires, except at the designated stops. When it stops the Pantograph goes up, then drops down before departure.
Before leaving for Sydney, I invested in a Dremel Stand, as it was going to be the only way to drill the posts I intended making. While I was weighing up the timber and styrene in the store, my wife turns up with a packet of figurines, "Farming People" she said I needed. I thought I had enough, but obviously not !!
So, the last few days, I have started my wire strand fencing again.
I have made a Jig, (another one to my collection), and using the Dremel I started drilling the intermediate posts. Something I never thought of, is seeing the Dremel spins at 10,000 RPM on low speed, the drill bit is melting the styrene and after each post (4 holes) I need to clean the drill bit of melted styrene. Today I have made and drilled about 70 posts. While I'm in the mood and still setup, I might do some more tomorrow as I will eventually need them elsewhere around the layout.

Dremel, stand and jig

Intermediate Styrene Posts
In my previous blog I mentioned I used a drill size of 0.050mm, this was incorrect, it was, and is, 0.50mm. (No wonder the line wouldn't go through the holes).
Cheers for now.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

"Try Try Again".

Well we all know the saying, "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again".
Believe me, this really applies to me. I have tried to put together a wire strand fence without any real success at the moment. Two blogs ago I mentioned I bought some EZ Line and had trouble seeing it, and trying to thread it through the posts, and so I sold it on Ebay. I then bought some mono fishing line which was 0.25mm in thickness and thought it would be better.
It was easier to handle, and it threaded easily while in the jig I made, but I couldn't get the wire spacers to stick in between the posts. When I went to release the tweezers the spacers fell away. It took me a while before I realized that this was happening because the tweezers had become magnetized and the spacers were 0.80mm piano wire. I then glued the line to the posts I had threaded and when set next day, I removed the fence from the jig, laid it flat and then I was able to glue the spacers to the line without them falling away. So that the line and spacers did not stick to the table top, (tip here) I placed some "Baking Paper" under it and the glue didn't stick to it.
The most interesting thing was that when I tried to place the fence in position (see photos) the line and spacers separated. Then the smaller of the posts would bend and some broke when I tried to place them.

Wire strand fencing (now removed)

I gave up in the end and pulled it all out, and some scenery came with it, A repair job coming up soon.
So the last couple of days I have had a running session while I think this one out.
Something I have learnt from this session is that I needed more uncoupling magnets and they should have been of the electro magnetic type, as light weight wagons were uncoupling, especially the HG Brake Vans every time they passed over the magnet (Under track type Kadee #308). So I'm off to bed, and I'll sleep on it. Well you know what I mean !!
Cheers for now.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

"Set myself a deadline".

Since my previous Blog, I have made a start on the wire strand fencing. This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. I have had to drill out the holes on some posts as they were filled with flash. The holes were drilled to 0.50mm and the line I used was 0.37mm but I had trouble threading it. It took me some time to work out why it was so difficult, and viewing it under the magnifying lamp I found that when the line is cut it gets a flare as it is squashed with the cutters. I then exchanged the line for 0.25mm and it threads, "no problems". Also the larger line appeared too thick when viewed compared to the finer line.

My work table and magnifying lamp

Just need to add the wire separators between the posts now
and paint.

If I continue and take the same time to do the remainder, I estimate I could be finished by December 2020.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

"Split Rail Fencing"

This week I made a start with the Split Rail Fencing. All appeared to go well until I tried to transfer it to the layout. Then it began to fall apart. The super glue was not the greatest. But as you can see from the pictures it is in place. I have only placed it where I have photographic proof, that it was actually there.

Today I managed to pick up some Rust colour EZ Line for the wire strand fences, so may get a start on them during the week.

I have had a problem using this line as it's difficult for me to see and control.
I have purchased some nylon fishing line and it has threaded the posts for the first strand, so will see how I go from there over the next few days.


Monday, 25 March 2019

Don't fence me in".

Now back from the Sunshine State where it rained almost every day, I have received my fence order and am ready to go. My only problem at the moment is that seeing I have reduced some scenes in size, what bit belongs where. Does this paddock belong to the Camden module, or Narellan module, and what type of fence did it have ??
I received word that Anton from "Uneek" is thinking of retiring, so I thought I had better get what I can, while I can. The thought of putting them together makes me shutter about starting. I thought that making a jig to assemble the wire strand fences and then transferring it across to the layout would be the easiest way to go instead of trying to lean over the layout and everything getting tangled with the scenery already on there.

Wire fence making Jig
On the jig I have drilled out for the support posts and the strand separators will just glue to the strands in between. I am not using the wire that is supplied with the fence kits, instead I will use some elastic thread that my wife uses when knitting arm bands on jumpers etc. It doesn't have to be tight but will be more manageable when transferring to the layout. Although it is a clear thread it will be sprayed along with the fence posts to make it visible. Just thinking while writing this bit, it might also be ideal for the telegraph wires instead of using cotton as I have been on my previous layouts.
Things will start to eventuate over the next few days, so I will see how I go.
Until then, cheers for now.