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Shiplake Bridge
« on: January 07, 2017, 11:36:32 pm »
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This thread will be about my modernisation of Shiplake Railway Bridge and possible expansion into a larger layout. :D

Here is a lengthy paragraph that in't necessary to read  ;D

In December I purchased the Layout as seen now from Karl in Reading, he is almost the polar opposite to me when it comes to modelling but we got on like a house on fire! He prefers the scenic side and building of dioramas to exact photographs of a certain time period alongside boats and planes. (He had a 16ft wingspan lancaster which they use in several war films but now I really am digressing!) This model of his was built a few years ago and depicts the Shiplake Railway Bridge in its prime time in the 1940's and 50's before its second track was torn up. However I have never been a fan of kettles although I was empted to buy a Pannier and Autocoach for the novelty of having them but I managed to resist! The Water effects were done with Woodlands Scenic Realistic Water and the ripples were tapped in with the back of a teaspoon. The only "Purchased" products on the layout were the track, sheep, trees, one boat and the car with all the rest being scratch built. I find the detail incredible as these first photos show!

A View of the river looking Upstream


A view of the Stone Arch Bridge Support viewed across the Boat Club Canal Section



And a picture taken of the Boatclub by a low flying reconnaissance aircraft ;)



The Only locomotive I have that would be acceptable to run in his mind is the bubble car pictured below, its a shame I sold it yesterday!



I myself have always been a modern image modeler, especially high speed trains. Running these majestic trains full length at scale speed was my main incentive to move to N Gauge and I have built a fairly large ECML stock collection however a GNER 225 is yet to grace this layout! Infact the first stock to be situated on the bridge was the synonymous sight of any location on the modern network: a grubby and fierce EWS 66 as shown below.






Soon a Voyager was placed on the bridge as these seem to fit in everywhere these days :P



That is all for tonight folks! I'll post soon about my latest "masterplan" involving this layout and below is a small teaser. Any questions please ask! Thank you for reading!

Regards Philip!


« Last Edit: February 14, 2018, 03:56:42 pm by G_N_E_R »
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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2017, 12:08:18 am »
Fine looking modelling.

Dioramas like this can be very good and works of art (this one is), but to incorporate it into a layout in which the trains actually rumble and roll across the bridge would be something else.

The first thing that came to mind was that it reminded me of a movie made called Bridge to Nowhere. When I Googled the title, I found that there were in fact two movies of this name. The first, released in 1986, was a terror film about kids encountering a hermit and the second from 2009 concerned a prostitution ring.

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2017, 10:02:12 am »
That's a fine looking diorama, Philip, and I look forward to seeing what you'll be doing with it.

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2017, 10:04:39 am »
Looks like you've picked up a nice model there. From the photos the detailing looks superb. I look forward to seeing more.


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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2017, 11:41:19 am »
It is, indeed, a truly superb model and, yes, I think it would look even better as part of a much larger layout so that a much greater variety of trains than just a diesel unit could run over the bridge but how would you match the scenic work? That would be a real challenge for me. I look forward very much to seeing how you will develop this.

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2017, 12:20:32 pm »
It is, indeed, a truly superb model and, yes, I think it would look even better as part of a much larger layout so that a much greater variety of trains than just a diesel unit could run over the bridge but how would you match the scenic work? That would be a real challenge for me. I look forward very much to seeing how you will develop this.

Hello Chris,
I have two projects in mind for the diorama, the first being to construct a 6mm MDF "Sky blue" three sided box for the layout just so I can run trains over her without having a "messy" fiddle yard. This will feature, on either side, a non scenic section where the track widens to normal unitrack width with power feeds and will enable me to just connect the layout to a temporary loop and run trains.

The Grand Plan however is for this river to feature on the right hand side of a far larger "urban" layout, the hut currently standing on the diorama as the boat club shed has since been knocked down and replaced with a modern building. This will have a tarmac area around it acting as a car park that should ideally nicely lead the layout from the river into the town. Luckily I have identical grass colours to ease the change and the mainline will coast on an embankment either through the town or into a station. Perhaps even a junction! All this is still to be decided and I shall be drawing up Scarm plans over the next weeks!

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2017, 12:31:24 pm »
Many thanks for the update, Phil. Both sound very interesting and I look forward to the updates with photos., in due course.

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2017, 01:15:40 pm »
Hi Phil,

I love the diorama and sure you can do it proud. Looking forward to any extensions.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS If you think you've got too many boats you know where I am  :)

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2017, 01:16:52 pm »
Hello All,
After putting on some DB Stock perhaps I will set the project in Germany! Looks fitting to me just missing the Catenary :D








unfortunately none of these photos capture the brilliance of the German Trains on the Layout but to me it looks like a match made in heaven, what do you all think?

Regards
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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2017, 11:06:51 pm »
 :hellosign: The diorama looks superb with the German stock on the bridge, although me thinks  :hmmm: any hi-speed trains would be complimentary. Look forward to developments
     regards Derek.

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2017, 08:25:52 am »
:hellosign: The diorama looks superb with the German stock on the bridge, although me thinks  :hmmm: any hi-speed trains would be complimentary. Look forward to developments
     regards Derek.

Agree with Derek, :smiley-laughing: Really nice river and boatyard.    :thumbsup:

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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #11 on: January 22, 2017, 11:09:13 pm »
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Well yes! The GNER 225 is a personal favourite! Photos will come but its been another busy week and I've got 3 hours of researching Bismarck to do before Tuesday somehow!
Updates and Scarm Plans will come!
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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2017, 09:17:30 pm »
Very little has happened in the past few weeks I'm afraid but the stock on the layout has slowly been rotated. I'm beginning to favor the British Outline a lot more than the continental stuff so will be potentially selling off my second Thalys soon and a few EMUs. Below are a few pictures of the GNER 225, finally!













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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2017, 09:38:10 pm »
Fabulous.

I love this...so nice to see a layout in a "different" setting and without a Metcalfe terrace in sight!  Keep it English I would say.  It looks like the Thames to me!

Cheers Jon  :)
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Re: Shiplake Bridge // Schiffsee Brücke
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2017, 10:04:35 pm »
It is indeed the Thames :D 10 Points to PostMod!
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