A-Z of Inglenook South

A is for Arkwright Mills, the name of the building at the end of the layout.

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B is for Buffers, they are standard Hornby buffers, with the ends removed to save space, weathered and Train-Tech red buffer stop lights added for detail.

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C is for Conductor Rail, this is from the Peco range.

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D is for Display Screens, these are from the Bachmann Scenecraft range.

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E is for Electrofrog, these points are from Peco and help with slow speed running without trains stalling.

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F is for Footbridge, a scenic break between the layout and the hidden siding.

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G is for Gates, providing access to the yard. These gates are from the Knightwing range.

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H is for Houses, these terraced properties are from the Metcalfe Kits range.

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I is for Inglenook, the design of the layout.

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J is for Jumpers, fitted to resident locomotive 09019.

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K is for Kadee, the coupling system used on the shunting puzzle, also keeps hands free operation.

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L is for Lights, the portable cabin in the yard and the terraced houses have lights.

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M is for Motors, all the points on the layout have dummy point motors, these have had a little rust weathering added for detail. The motors are from the Peco range.

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N is for Network SouthEast, the time period in which the layout is set.

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O is for Overline Bridge, supporting the station building and road over the railway line.

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P is for Passengers, these people are from the Hornby range.

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Q is for Queue of people waiting at the taxi rank.

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R is for Rusty Rails, some redundant rails are left beside the head shunt.

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S is for Signal Box, this example is based on the one at Deal in Kent and is from the Hornby Skaledale range.

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T is for Telephone Box.

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U is for Uniform, a constable watches the shunting from behind the houses.

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V is for Van, parked in the yard awaiting its next duty.

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W is for Wheelie Bins, one appears to have been knocked over!

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X is for Xuron, the cutters used to trim the track to length.

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Y is for Yard, situated between the head shunt and the sidings.

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Z is for ZCV, the wagon type used in the shunting puzzle.

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Weathering Locomotive 09019

The wagons that are used in the shunting puzzle are factory weathered, the shunting locomotive 09019 had no weathering detail. Using the Humbrol weathering guide on YouTube, I used the weathering powders, thinners and matt cote to add some weathering detail on locomotive 09019.

Humbrol Iron Oxide, Black and Sand weathering powders are put together in an old plastic carton to mix.

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The weathering powders are ground and mixed to make a rusty colour.

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Firstly, the locomotive body was given a light spray coat of acrylic varnish. The glazing was covered over using Tamiya masking tape.

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Secondly,  whilst the varnish was drying, I then added brush strokes of weathering powders, mixed with thinners and matt cote varnish to bring about runny rust effects. Finally, the locomotive body was given a final coat of acrylic varnish to seal in the weathering detail.

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Hornby Networker DCC Conversion

The Hornby Networker was never available DCC ready or DCC fitted, so it has to be converted for DCC use and hard wired, this is how I did it. Always refer to manufacturer instructions with regards to electronics etc.

Firstly, the carriage bodies are removed from the chassis using the screw hidden behind the corridor connection at the ends of the carriages.

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This is how the Networker looks with the body removed. As you can see, the power supply from the track appears to be fed through capacitors and suppressors. When converting to DCC, some people say that the suppressors should remain installed, others say they should be removed, in my case, I opted to remove them.

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This is how the wiring looks once the capacitors are removed.

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Next it was time to hard wire the DCC decoder to the train, orange and grey wires to and from the motor, black and red wires to and from the track pick up wires. I installed heat shrink before soldering the joins, to ensure the connections remain covered, insulated and protected from other wires and the metal chassis.

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The unpowered carriage also has electrical pick ups for the head and tail lights, these wires were disconnected from the bogie to avoid damage as they are not designed for use on 16v AC. Connecting the Hornby Networker lights to a DCC decoder appears to be a bit of a challenge, as nearly all decoder accessory supplies are common positive, but the LED light configuration on the Hornby Networker appears to be common negative.

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Layout Construction – Backscene

The backsene for the layout consists mainly of the walkway between the airport railway station and the south terminal transit building. I started off with an embossed brick styrene sheet and cut it to size.

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Then, using Tamiya flat brown XF-10 paint and a cotton bud, began to weather the brick effect to make it look used and open to the elements.

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I then cut out the top of the walkway using tile sheets from the Evergreen range, giving it a coat of grey primer before spraying it with blue mica from the Tamiya range.

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The finished tiles with a couple of coats of blue mica are ready for installation onto the diorama.

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For the walkway, strips of styrene sheet are used with cuts at 20mm intervals to represent the modular construction of the walkway.

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The brick and tile pattern sheets are stuck to the back of the diorama using Evo-Stick glue.

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Finally, the weathered walkway is added, to give the impression of depth on the background.

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Installing A Train-Tech Spark Arcing Light

I wanted to add detail to my Hornby class 466 Networker EMU and opted for a lighting effect. For the lighting, I decided on a arcing style and chose the Train-Tech AL23 module to install.

In real life, the visible third rail arc, appears between the top of the conductor rail and the third rail pickup shoe. This is very difficult to replicate in real life as some people choose to install a flashing effect on the layout and some people choose to install the flashing effect on the train, I went for the latter in this case.

Looking at the bogies of the Hornby Networker, it would prove very difficult to install the LED close to the third rail shoe because it would otherwise foul the Peco conductor rail, any higher and in view it would look too unrealistic, so I tried to find a middle ground by installing the LED in a position that would give the effect that the arcing is taking place on the opposite side of view by fitting the LED as near to the middle line of the bogie as possible.

Firstly, using an Archimedes drill, I drilled two holes in the plastic seating module close to the door vestibule.

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The two holes in the plastic seating module are to accommodate the wires from the LED under the chassis to the arcing module in the carriage body.

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Then I fixed the LED underneath the seating module and plugged the AL23 arcing effect unit on top of the seating module.

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When the Networker train is in motion, the arcing effect module and LED now give the impression of conductor rail arcing whilst not fouling the third rail and collector shoes.

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Layout Construction – AWS & TPWS

Track detail is something I wanted to include on the model railway layout. Important pieces of track detail include infrastructure such as AWS and TPWS. Manufacturer Peco supply both these components in model form as catalogue number SL-45 for a pack of four AWS ramps and catalogue number SL-46 for a pack of twelve TPWS grids.

On the model, each signal, T250 and T252 as well as T254 has one AWS ramp installed in the track on the approach to the signals.

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Positioned at the signals are the TPWS grids ready to be fixed onto the track.

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Installing DCC Sound To A Bachmann Class 205 DMU

I purchased a Legomanbiffo DCC sound decoder to install into the Bachmann class 205 DMU. The process of installing the sound chip was very straight forward, in fact the most challenging part of the project was separating the carriage body from the chassis without damaging any of the delicate components.

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The instructions advised that two screws needed to be removed underneath the driving cab end of the chassis but my particular example of the model featured only one single screw, this still had to be removed to release the chassis from the body. Once the body was removed, an area of the passenger seating was detached (circled) in order to accommodate the sound speaker.

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The original Bachmann 21 pin DCC decoder was removed and replaced by the Legomanbiffo sound decoder with the speaker installed in the seating area. I wasn’t sure if it was better to install the speaker facing up or down, my personal preference was to install the speaker facing up.

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Installing A Train-Tech Tail Light

Every train needs to be complete with a red tail light on the end, so I purchased a Train-Tech AL1  Flashing Tail Light and found a great wagon to install it on, a Bachmann ZTO 20T Brake Van, catalogue number 37-533. This brake van carries the engineers grey and yellow ‘Dutch’ livery, which compliments the wagons used in the shunting puzzle perfectly.

I thought that this would be an easy five minute job to open up the brake van, it wasn’t! The immense amount of detail on these wagons, now means that items such as the handrails are fixed at the body on one end and at the chassis on the other end. With the roof also being fixed as part of the body structure and not wanting to cut away any handrails, as refitting them is never the same once they’re damaged, the last resort was to cut open the underneath of the wagon chassis using a 12 volt mini drill and mini circular saw bit.

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Once the plastic chassis floor was cut away, this revealed the metal weight which was removed and stored in a scrap box.

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The next task was to cut away the body floor of the brake van to get inside. I used the body fixing lugs as a cutting guide to avoid cutting through the brake van body and destroying the model.

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The next task was to cut two holes through the brake van body for the purpose of installing the tiny red LED on the outside veranda, this was achieved using an Archimedes drill.

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The red LED light and the Train-Tech AL1  Flashing Tail Light module was fixed onto the two LED wires inside the brake van and then the outside of the LED was painted white to give the tail lamp a more realistic appearance.

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Installing A Decoder To A Hornby Class 09 Locomotive

The shunting locomotive used on the Inglenook South puzzle is a Hornby class 09 diesel electric locomotive. This example is catalogue number R2801, locomotive number 09019 in Mainline blue livery. A Hornby eight pin decoder was fitted, remembering always to refer to the manufacturer instructions for electrical modifications.

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The locomotive was turned upside down and the body was detached from the chassis by removing four screws.

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This particular example of class 09 locomotive was fitted with Southern Region platform level brake pipes, these must be carefully detached from the chassis at the front and rear of the locomotive.

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Another pipe on the side of the locomotive body needs to be moved away from the chassis to avoid damage to this component.

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Towards the cab end of the locomotive is where the DCC socket is located, seen here fitted with a blanking plate which needs to be lifted up and out. The 1|> symbol is very important as it shows where pin number 1 is located for installation of the decoder.

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As the blanking plate is removed, you can see how pin number 1, shown by the symbol 1|> is orientated.

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Now the decoder can be introduced and installed in the eight pin socket, observing that a very tiny number 1 is printed on the circuit board to help orient the decoder the correct way around. The orange wire (normally pin 1) also helps identify the same.

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The decoder is now pushed home into the circuit board, with both number 1 symbols matching in the correct corner of the socket.

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Space is restricted in a locomotive such as the class 09, however some was available towards the end of the locomotive chassis, where the decoder circuit is held in position with some sticky pads. This location appears to be a few millimetres clear of any body shell plastic so any heat created by the circuit boards shouldn’t impact on the body shell structure.

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The body is then reunited with the locomotive chassis, with any body shell pipes refitted and chassis screws returned then tightened, before testing on the track.