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Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:20 pm

I've only gone and got myself a T-gauge set :o

I might be mistaken, but I notice that the BR Blue 125 were no longer listed as single set, so I came to the conclusion that these sets may soon to become discontinued. So I placed an order and these are now out of stock.

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They are tiny and the Biro pen for size/scale

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And Jess' GNER HST next to mine

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It was very tricky to rail all the carriages.

My train out of the box running



Here is our planned layout which is the Folded Eight Plus Plan, I've also extended it by adding points along with the Auto Train Exchange System. The sensors are tightly squeezed in-between the tracks, so the tracks will need modifying and I might also need to modify the sensors too to get them to fit better. The right hand side of the layout will have all the hills and tunnels, the right hand side will have more buildings. A river will run from the left hand side to the right. The station will be where the track doubles up in-between the points.

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Here is the layout in action



We also purchased some trees, road, street lighting, signal box, station, people, cars, tunnel mouths, level crossings, footbridge, so all this is going to keep me busy for a while.

The spare track that came with my original set will also be made into a mini manageable layout for Jess.

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby Mark » Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:41 pm

Very nice Roy. You're streets ahead of me. My stuff has been sitting in a box under the bench for ages :oops: Can't say it's a very big box though!!
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:23 pm

Thanks Mark,

The box that all my track, trains and accessories kits came in wasn't that big either.

ImageSAM_5652 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

It's not much bigger than a box of Tea bags :o

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:35 pm

I modified the track and trim the sensors so that the track fitted neatly together next to each other.

ImageSAM_5983 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

I also had to fit the power track in through the opposite end, but the polarity was wrong for the automatic switch back, so I had to cut the wires and change them over before re-joining them to change the polarity feed.


ImageSAM_5985 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

No I turn my attention to the signal box, oh boy! What have I let myself in for? So tiny, so fiddly :o

ImageSAM_5988 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The signal controls and stove was built. Ready for painting before I continue

ImageSAM_5991 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_5995 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

Paining the window details was easier than building the interior by far. I just used some vallejo white primer which was painted on and wiped immediately off leaving the white inside the grooves.

ImageSAM_5997 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:47 pm

I decided to put the signal box on hold and to continue with some of the other kits that I have. I just didn't want to get all my paints and air brush out and set it all up and spend a few hours painting when I have other kits that will benefit form painting at the same time. So I decided to turn my attention to the station.

It's a cardboard and brass kit

ImageSAM_6012 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6013 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The station platform was a thicker card kit that you folded and glue together.

ImageSAM_6014 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6015 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The card platform was covered with printed thinner card

Before I glued on the printed side walls, I decided to cut away sections to allow for the track power cables to fit

ImageSAM_6020 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6018 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6016 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The station built and the brass canopy just position on but not glued as this will require painting. I also have a brass pedestrian foot bridge which which I purchased separate and will also need painting. The canopy legs will need straightening, but I didn't want to bend these too much yet as the brass is thin and may snap if I keep straightening them each time they bend out of place.

ImageSAM_6037 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6041 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6038 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

Because of the positioning of the train sensors, I'll will be off setting the platforms, so one of the platforms will sit further sideways from the other, this is something that sometimes can be seen on real railways, so 'm not too bothered about them being slightly offset from each other.

ImageSAM_6022 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby casper » Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:56 am

Blimey Roy I wish I had your eyes :o :geek: its teeny weeny
great looking set though and lots of fun
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:13 pm

Thanks Casp

The model is sure teeny weeny :D

I've turned my attention to the ruin tower kit

ImageSAM_6078 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The is the unpainted kit made up. Can't really see the details, but should all show up once painted

ImageSAM_6084 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

I also got some tunnel kits. I plan to put two or more together to make bridges as well

ImageSAM_6081 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6092 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6090 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6094 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The first Tunnel mouth took me about an hour and a half to build, I'm getting quicker at making these, I've still plenty more of these to complete yet.

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby R2D2 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:43 pm

I was thinking about T gauge but I was wondering how the rolling stock performs on the track! As you've got a set what is your opinion! Do you think the gauge is to small or does it perform OK!
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:31 pm

Both end carriages are motorised and are both powered at the same time.

As you can see and hear in my first video, the engines are very noisy. They don't run well at slow speed. Putting all the carriages on the track is very tricky. The carriages can come off on the corners, they do tend to tilt a lot, but by re-arranging the order and turning them around, this can help. The smaller trains do have their limitations over the larger scales. However it's nice to have a layout that is tiny and takes up next to nothing space, this will be idea for Jess who has a job getting up to our larger layouts as she is bed-bound most of the time.

I do feel that there is pro's and con's having the T gauge, but I've no regrets.

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby wingnut2 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:17 pm

Hi Roy and Jess :D Great work ! :clap: :clap: up to your usual standard !
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:49 pm

Thanks Mike,

I've built the rest of the tunnels mouths and bridges, but I've yet to take a pic of them, so will post an update soon.
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby Mark » Sun May 06, 2018 5:39 pm

To add to Roy's comments, I've found that the T gauge trains don't like running particularly slowly, and they derail easily. I think (hope!) that it will be better behaved once the tracks are properly levelled and pinned. Accuracy is everything at this scale! However, like Roy says, the space saving makes up for the drawbacks.
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:33 pm

I've list load of projects that are waiting to be continued/finished, these are requiring some timber to continue. I decided that I will focus on one project at a time and get each individual one finished, one at a time.

Last Month I had a delivery of timber. I had a few other non modelling projects that were in need of doing. Today I had a bit of time to start to build some display cases for our T gauge.

All the timber cut and joints routed out then sanded, there are two display cases that I'm making in the pics (the smaller square one is for Jess's smaller layout and the larger rectangle is for my main layout, however they are really both ours to share ;) )

ImageSAM_6370 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6369 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The frames made up clued and pinned together (I only took a pic of the larger rectangle one)

ImageSAM_6371 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The base glued and pinned in place

ImageSAM_6376 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6378 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The track placed inside to test for size

ImageSAM_6375 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6373 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The track was removed before I glued and pinned the top on

ImageSAM_6377 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6381 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

I'm going to wait at least 24 hours for the glue to set and then when I have some more time, I'm going to mark out and saw along the sides to make a removable lid.

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:15 pm

The display cases were cut into three. The top forms the lid (lid in front of the base in pic)

ImageSAM_6466 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

A groove was routed out for some glazing on the middle section

ImageSAM_6467 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

...and the middle section will be removable to view the diorama without the glazing and to gain access to it. I cut the middle section so that it tapers from the back (higher) to the front (lower)

ImageSAM_6469 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The above pics were for the larger of the two layouts and the next one is the smaller one

ImageSAM_6470 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

Back to the bridges and tunnels, all now painted, but I will need to get some more for the smaller layout

ImageSAM_6453 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The foot bridge painted

ImageSAM_6457 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The station canopy painted and glued in place. Looks like I might need to stick down the canopy sticker down again using superglue

ImageSAM_6461 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The tower ruins painted

ImageSAM_6456 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

Two of the four level crossing kits were made up.

ImageSAM_6462 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The pen is for scale

ImageSAM_6465 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The only problem is, the level crossing is a Continental one and not a standard British one. I could modify these, but they are absolutely tiny, far too small for me to do a neat job on it.

The signal box interior is now painted, the outer brass didn't quiet fit all the way around the perspex interior glass.

ImageSAM_6442 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

The signal box fully made up, you can't see through the glass to see any of the interior detailing. The signal box was very tricky and I didn't really do a neat job on it, but it was the best that I could do, it is so tiny. I had to use some green filler to fill in the gaps.

ImageSAM_6448 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

It's now awaiting painting and Jess has ask for me to get the same signal box kit for the smaller layout

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:19 pm

I wasn't happy with the smoke damage paint on the tunnel mouths, so I redid these and they now look better.

I also painted the signal box to match the station and footbridge

I'm very please with these and they do look good to the naked eye, but being tiny, the blown up photos make the paint look messy. So the photos don't really do them any justice

ImageSAM_6500 by Roy Lee, on Flickr


ImageSAM_6503 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby Morris » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:59 am

I cant even 'see that small', much less paint it.....really sitting back and watching this one, Roy....
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby casper » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:36 am

Nice case Roy :clap: coming along a treat
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:02 am

Thanks Morris and Casp.
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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby royjess » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:47 pm

The display boxes have been sanded down and stained with a satin varnish.

Quick release case catches have been fitted and also some handles.

One handle on the front to allow us to carry them like a suite/brief case and the a handle on each end to allow us to carry the case like a box in the horizontal position if they need to be moved when the trains are on the tracks.

Here are pics one of the larger case and the other of the smaller one

ImageSAM_6564 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

ImageSAM_6565 by Roy Lee, on Flickr

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Re: Roy's and Jess' T-gauge

Postby casper » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:59 pm

Top job Roy they look great :clap: I like the fittings :)
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