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Culrain Trains

Posted on October 15, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

Train 09.15 1958 171015 4592 Mercury       06.40 Inverness-Wick/Thurso

Taking a break from work on the lighting for Kyle of Sutherland, I updated one of my early train pictures. The first north-bound passenger of the day is calling at Culrain about nine-fifteen sometime in 1958, on what looks like a hazy start to the day.

This lengthy train includes several parcels vehicles, and the ex-GWR Siphon G was not unusual at this time (thanks Allan and Roger for the loan of this vehicle). Page 155 of Gavin Morrison’s book “Scottish Railways Then and Now” shows a similar train entering Brora in 1957.

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Culrain Trains

Posted on October 15, 2017. Filed under: Project progress |

Train 09.15 1958 171015 4592 Mercury       06.40 Inverness-Wick/Thurso

Taking a break from work on the lighting for Kyle of Sutherland, I updated one of my early train pictures. The first north-bound passenger of the day is calling at Culrain about nine-fifteen sometime in 1958, on what looks like a hazy start to the day.

This lengthy train includes several parcels vehicles, and the ex-GWR Siphon G was not unusual at this time (thanks Allan and Roger for the loan of this vehicle). C.J.Gammell’s book “Then and Now” shows on page 155 a similar train entering Brora in 1957.

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September Progress

Posted on October 1, 2017. Filed under: Monthly progress |

Lots of different issues have occupied my time this past month: coupling/uncoupling, derailments, staging, lighting, and overall operability.

The shunter’s pole I tweaked a couple of months ago, and various other poles I’d worked on, were taking too long to couple up, and I felt I needed a better version for exhibition use. I looked again at W.A.M. Barter’s article in MRJ No 21 and made two much better ones, mounted them in pin chucks for ease of use, and scrapped the earlier versions. The cassette/train preparation time has come down. I continued to fettle and improve the rail joints and to regularly clean the track and wheels.

It was well into the second half of the month before I achieved no derailments in a complete 6-train A plus B operating sequence, and towards the end of the month the Craven Area Group of the Scalefour Society came round to operate Kyle of Sutherland. I fitted a makeshift proscenium arch and taped up two lots of LED strip lights for comparison; one “cool white”, the other “warm white”. Altogether it was a big improvement on the July operating session, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

KoS Mk 3 1 170926 4570       Why is the train not moving?

Right at the end of the month I did a job that’s been on my list for ages and installed a “train alert system”. That’s a grandiose name for an LED at the Culrain North end of the layout, and a repeater on the Router panel at Culrain South. Instead of shouting to the north operator “you now have control and can carry out the next train movement in the sequence”, the south operator sets the Router and alerts the north operator by switching on the LEDs. The repeater LED on the Router acts as a reminder to the south operator to switch off when the train movement is complete, and to re-set the router.

The next milestone at the beginning of November is to operate the layout to a 10-train A- and B- sequence at full height with full length trains on 5-foot cassette tables. An interim milestone with 6 full length trains might be advisable.

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