A few changes have been made on the layout since the last update, including some signals changed and ground signals added. I am still not convinced they’re all in the right place just yet but it’s nearly there. The first lighting has been added to the layout in the depot including a fueling point light, interior depot shed lights and flood lights – these all run off a newly installed 12V DC Bus. Some more hard standing has been finished as well as some trackside clutter detailing and fencing. Still more to add and the wonky lineside relay boxes are not yet attached.
There has been a few comments on recent videos about not showing all of the layout, so I have tried to include more here, you’ll see there is very little to it though. The reason for this is that the “final track plan” in yet to be decided. A few ideas I have had include:
Shortening the station and making it a curved station, and following on from this is either a mainline 2 track meets 2 track junction with a couple of main lines dropping down and going to a second fiddle yard. Alternatively, keeping some form of industry like the ballast sidings that you can see in the video. I am finding that the track plan is evolving down to how i am getting enjoyment from operating however the final changes are likely to be costly and timely so need to be sure it’s the right option before taking the plunge.
Some new additions to the fleet:
– Harry Needle Rail pair of class 20’s from Bachmann – one of which was renumbered to 20314, the other kept as 20311
– XC Voyager class 220 – waiting for a YouChoos sound chip and some lighting strips to finish this off
– Rail Adventure Barrier Wagons
– GBRF Track Panel Carriers
All locos now have YouChoos or LegomanBiffo or Bachmann ESU sound chips, no more TTS sound. Although the TTS DCC Sound chips are loud and sound good with the right speakers, I find the lack of ability to control the speed steps too much of a limitation so although they are good if you like to leave trains shooting round, I prefer to have more control and for scale speeds to be set up using the Roco Z21 control system. I also love the addition of random sounds which can be added to the YouChoos Zimo and ESU Loksound V5 chips. This is only a personal preference and if you’re in to DCC sound then the Hornby TTS chips are a cost effective way to achieve this. All locos have upgraded speakers – most of them have 2 speakers to enhance the overall sound and bass.
Regards to the video shoot itself, I have managed to shoot this one in 4K at 60fps so hopefully it is a little clearer than previous attempts. I also did it during daylight hours so there is more light, which I think has made some difference to the overall result.
Here is a running list of the video:
0: 00: 00 Freightliner 70006 on Mendip Stone JNA-T empties
0: 00: 26 DBS 66117 on a China Clay train passes through Goodford
0: 00: 57 60100 on a stone train with HKA hoppers
0: 01: 37 Over Goodford junction (soon to be changed!)
0: 02: 03 Stopping at Goodford station to let the fast train past
0: 02: 39 GBRF 66789 on a mixed engineers train
0: 03: 05 GWR class 800 and XC class 220 on the through lines
0: 03: 16 DRS 37245 and 37405 with a nuclear flask on the branch line from Goodford Power Station
0: 04: 06 GBRF 66783 off to pick up some old coaches for scrap
0: 04: 39 Network Rail DBSO 9708 leads this test train with 37025 pushing from the back
0: 06: 03 GWR 800 shows the super elevated curve nicely
0: 06: 14 Stopping service screeches up at Goodford station
0: 07: 16 FNA nuclear flask sweeps past the ballast sidings
0: 07: 33 Colas 37025 leaves the test train and heads for refueling
0: 08: 54 Network rail NMT in its standard 2+5 car formation
0: 09: 18 High Security flask with DRS 68003 and 68008
0: 09: 56 Local service pulls up at Goodford
0: 10: 30 Test train TnT with 67023 and 67027 returns form its run out
0: 11: 26 Goodford depot from the rear
0: 11: 57 Freightliner powered ballast train leaves fully laden
0: 13: 29 DB Schenker 66065 heads up a freightliner container train
0: 13: 46 GBRF 50007 and 50049 leave Goodford Depot
0: 14: 37 The pair move across to the main line
0: 15: 17 GWR 800 stopping service
0: 15: 45 RHTT returns with a pair of surprisingly clean HNR class 20
0: 16: 10 The Harry Needle Rail 20311 and 20314 stop in the depot entrance road
0: 16: 30 Until finally entering the depot area
0: 17: 48 The Belmond Pullam often stops off at Goodford, with 67021 and 67024 up front
0: 18: 01 Colas 66846 with RILA 360 attachment emerges from the branch line
That’s all for now, I expect some of the layout will be ripped up in the coming weeks so the next running session may be delayed or certainly quite different!