A landmark moment for Dales Peak…

A landmark moment for Dales Peak...

The first loop of track is complete and running.

If you want to see a short clip of the Hornby Class 60 making a circuit of the first loop track on Dales Peak follow this link to the Facebook Page

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On watch with the Sentinel

Hornby 'Balfour Beatty' Sentinel

If you want to see a short clip of the Hornby ‘Balfour Beatty’ Sentinel in action on Dales Peak during track testing follow this link to the Facebook page

Little and large

Lima Class 37/5 37673 in Railfreight Distribution livery and Hornby 'Balfour Beatty' Sentinel

Two new engines for Dales Peak

As I said in my last post, I did pick up a couple of engines for Dales Peak while I was at the Peak Model Railway Exhibition. They where a Lima Class 37/5 37673 in Railfreight Distribution livery and a Hornby Sentinel in ‘Balfour Beatty’ livery.

I’m happy to trial them both as they are at the moment, but I will probably do some work to both of them in time. The Lima pancake motor will definitely need upgrading and both of them need decoders.

Do you want chips with that?

Engines ready for decoders

I’ve just had a delivery from Hattons (always prompt and efficient) that will convert three of the Dales Peak engine fleet to DCC. For the most part, I’ve used Lenz decoders in the past, but this time I thought I would give Hattons own DCC decoders a whirl. Watch this space, as they say.

Class 59 and Wiring Update #2

Hornby Class 59 - John F. Yeoman

As a final footnote to the Derby Model Railway Exhibition, I did buy a new engine for ‘Dales Peak’. This Hornby Class 59 – John F. Yeoman in DB Schenker livery. It will stand out like a sore thumb against a backdrop of limestone dust coated buildings.

Also, I have finally got around to continuing the wiring update on the rail load out building. Replacing the original plain enamelled copper wire with coloured enamelled copper wire.

Replacing the original plain enamelled copper wire with coloured enamelled copper wire

Two new engines…

Two new engines for Dales Peak

I had a very welcome surprise for my birthday on Friday. Two new engines! I must have been a good boy.

Both engines are ideal for Dales Peak. A Hornby DCC fitted Class 08 and a ViTrains DCC ready Class 37. I’ve tried them both out on the layout and I’m very pleased with them. They are going to fit right in!

The Hornby Class 08 and the ViTrains Class 37

Lots to do…

Just as a way of focusing my attention on the things that I need to do in the not too distant future, I went around the loft and made a photographic list.

In no particular order I need to…

Foreground landscaping to finish
…finish the foreground landscaping…

Background landscaping to start
…start the background landscaping…

Ballasting to finish
…finish ballasting…

Top half of the load out building to finish
…finish the top half of the load out building…

Load out building sound and lighting to finish
… finish the load out building sound and lighting…

Adjacent module construction to finish
…convert this pile of wood into the adjacent modules…

Need to tidy up as I go along
…oh, and I need to keep the place tidy.