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Title: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 17, 2015, 11:32:40 pm
Good evening,

Finally started work on construction of the layout I have probably been talking about/dreaming about and generally pondering for the last few years! It's based on the real station on the Highland line, a line I have many happy memories of, and will cover the period 1980 to 1986.

It fits in my spare bedroom, which I've modified a little bit to make into an "L" shape layout by knocking out a small alcove which acted as a cloakroom/cupboard. This means I have one wall with an 11ft 6" space (although only just over 3ft wide in the old cupboard space), the other wall being 9ft 6" in length.

After getting all four walls and the ceiling plastered, painting them, and then getting some nice new carpet (which I need to avoid ruining by dropping PVA etc on it!) I have finally started by buying 25 yards of Code 55 flexi- track and arranging it around the room. I really want to avoid sharp curves wherever possible, so some thought is needed how I can do this and retain a nice long platform, plus have a bit of a scenic double-track section, should be great to see a train speeding down from Drummocter, passing one beginning its climb! The real Blair Atholl has an 11 coach Northbound platform, but I will make do with it being 9 coaches, bearing in mind that most stopping trains were only 6 or 7 coaches in the period modelled.

By way of motive power I will try and cover two periods:

Early 1980's - BR blue.

Classes 20, 25, 27, and 37 on freights.
Class 26s on vacuum-fitted freight and some passenger services.
Class 40's on freight and passenger (awaiting that nice new Bachmann model...)
Class 47/0 on steam heated passenger services.
Class 47/4: The Clansman and most of the overnight services.

Mid 1980's - BR blue, with a few new liveries, Intercity Scotrail, early Railfreight and large logo blue.

Most freight will be air-braked, utilising Classes 25, 27 and 37.
Class 20 and 26 will pretty much be rostered for Vac-braked engineers trains only.
Passenger - almost exclusively Class 47/0 and Class 47/4.

Many of the locomotives used in the early 1980's can probably also be utilised for the mid-1980's scenario!

Baseboards are open-frame construction. As such the layout will be a double-dogbone type layout to save shunting stock behind the scenes, so its going to be a bit of "watch the trains go by" railway, though there is a five-road PW yard, which will give some opportunity for train marshalling. I am building separate baseboards, max size about 4 x 2 in case I ever move house one day.

The first board has been put together, and the second one started. I have been testing with some coaches to make sure curves don't look too sharp. The sharp curve behind the coaches will be hidden by a road-bridge and backscene, and will lead to the "Inverness end" storage yard

SAM 1496
SAM 1496

SAM 1497
SAM 1497

You may notice in the above photo that there is a slight drop to the scenic line, compared to the fiddle roads behind. I have kept this to a 1 in 80 gradient as some trains will be 12 coaches or more. The total drop will be 2.5cm from the road-overbridge to the station. To the left there is a further lower section which will be covered in plywood to form the River Garry which the line runs close to north of Blair Atholl.

Finally you can see the second board taking shape. The intended position of the non-facing crossover can be seen here, which is actually about 10 chains north of the station, in my case it will be 6 chains away, but that's one of the compromises we sometimes have to do when modelling! The station will be situated on a diagonal to avoid trains running round a 90 degree curve, also it provides a little bit of extra space.

SAM 1498
SAM 1498

I don't know how long this model will take to build, with 25 points to wire in, its probably going to be a long-haul! The next step will be a site visit to Blair Atholl itself. I might be tempted to do a site visit to the distillery too while I'm at it  ;)

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2015, 12:12:22 am
Having done both of your planned intentions you state in your last paragraph in 2013, I can heartily recommend such a trip!

I'm really looking forward to watching this project develop. Blair Atholl is one of my favourite parts of the world.  :thumbsup:

George
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Arrachogaidh on May 18, 2015, 12:14:06 am
Remember the private Railway Water Supply from the hillside reservoir..............
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Webbo on May 18, 2015, 02:20:26 am
Very good Paul

Your layout has similarities to mine as I'm also building along the sides of a room with a dog bone track plan. Yes, it will take a while especially as you clearly intend to have significant terrain and scenery.

One issue that you do need to keep an eye on is access to the tracks and fiddle yard in the room corners and along the back wall. You'll want to maximise your curve radius but keep your scenery depth to an acceptable limit. In my case I've managed 20" minimum radius on my main line and a 3' maximum reach. The 3' is pushing it, but the sections of track involved are straight and level and should not be prone to derailments.

Webbo
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on May 18, 2015, 09:26:14 am
Very nice work, Paul, especially your carpentry :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: LukeB on May 18, 2015, 09:49:08 am
I was a bit baffled when I went to Blair Athol and found that the distillery is actually in Pitlochry!

Looking forward to seeing how this unfolds.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 18, 2015, 09:57:54 am
A distillery is a distillery.... there is one in Hobart, Tasmania!

However, I hope this model will include the superb hotel in Blair Atoll.  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Vonk on May 18, 2015, 12:49:24 pm
This should be a nice layout and it will be nice if you manage to attempt a model of the castle, deers, pipers oh and the caravan park which is all just over the road from the station. I have good memories of camping there a few years back and visiting a fair few distilleries whilst up there.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: scottishlocos on May 18, 2015, 08:48:54 pm
Paul

Good luck with the new layout like the sound of it lots of potential looking forward to seeing it progress

Dave
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on May 18, 2015, 08:51:03 pm
Looking to be a great start.
As a collector (and drinker- hic) of Scottish Malts, I do hope you manage to include a distillery.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mito on May 18, 2015, 10:22:27 pm
Sorry, don't like malts :( but I like the layout. A lot of potential. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: paul4147 on May 19, 2015, 12:38:26 am
This sounds like a great project, good luck with it,  looking forward to seeing how you get on

Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 19, 2015, 01:23:47 am
Paul (OP Paul):

Here's a link to some photos I took at Blair Atholl and Kingussie a couple of years ago which may be of interest to you:

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17540.msg175261#msg175261 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=17540.msg175261#msg175261)

Cheers, George.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 19, 2015, 10:33:01 pm
Hello,

Thanks for the comments, and photo's etc. I am staying in Perth, so will have to pop up to Blair Atholl by train (sadly all monotonous DMUs nowadays), and probably stop off at Pitlochry too on the way, as its also a lovely village, well more of a town really. I would stop at the Atholl Palace hotel if the lady friend was going with me, but she is away in the U.S, hence I'm able to have a few days pottering around. No doubt I will be sampling a few brews/malts on my travels.

I think getting access to the corner fiddle yard may be the biggest problem, but it will be removable for maintenance etc. As the scenic board is no more than 2 feet wide it should be accessible for derailments etc, plus the backscenes will be removable.

I don't think there are any distilleries within close proximity to the line here, though there is a golf course, which offers some modelling opportunities. Interestingly enough one of my possible locations to model oringinally was Dalwhinnie, which does have a large distillery (the products of which are quite nice too  ;)). However I plumped for Blair Atholl in the end as there is more modelling scope with the bridge and level crossing etc, and it has a large yard than Dalwhinnie, so a bit more operational scope.

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 25, 2015, 11:47:35 pm
A couple of updates from work carried out over the bank holiday weekend.

The main job carried out was the construction of a board to form the "Inverness end" storage yard, which is in the shape of a tear-drop, so that trains can reverse with no need to shunt. There will be four loops, and a couple of sidings will be added, one primarily to store spare locomotives. The other siding will be to store a couple of sleeping cars and a couple of coaches/vans to shunt onto a "daytime" set to form the internal overnight. A similar arrangement will be needed at the Perth end, as these up and down internal used to change crews at Blair Atholl in those days.

I am currently drilling holes to fit tortoise point motors under each point. All points are electrofrog, Although I can switch polarity with these, I am wondering whether its worthwhile as its not easy to isolate the switch blades from the frogs with code 55 points, without cutting the rails. I have done some testing, and I'm not having any problems with shorts, even with the older Farish vehicles.

SAM 1499
SAM 1499


I have cheated a little bit and used set-track (3rd radius, 29.5cm) for the inner curve to save any difficulties getting the radii behind the scenes accurate.

Unfortunately I can't fit together all 3 boards constructed so far as they are on the floor due to the skirting boards. Next job will be to attach brackets to the wall and make some legs, as after a few hours of this and weeding the garden my knees are killing me.

A bit more progress with the other boards, now got all plywood track-beds in place. Sorry if quality is poor, due to the available light, but hopefully gives the general idea:

SAM 1501
SAM 1501

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on June 04, 2015, 11:08:28 pm
Evening all,

A bit more hard graft this evening laying a bit more track on the first three sections, and while the weather was nice started the fourth (station) section which will be positioned on the diagonal in front of the Inverness end storage/reversing loops.

At the weekend the main job was to fix some simple wooden brackets to the wall to support the layout along with some timber legs. A spirit level is essential for this work, especially on a carpeted floor where its difficult to calculate the exact length of the legs (as they tend to sink into the pile quite a bit).

I have "cheated" a bit with the electrics by using the Peco pre-soldered fishplates, but it saves a lot of time. Just need to drill holes for the wires at some point now.
Been doing a bit of testing with the 37 and rake of coaches, all seems to work well so far, and will be useful to see how a long-ish rake looks on the scenic section.

Storage/Reversing loops.
Storage/Reversing loops.

Just a couple of sidings to add in to the storage yard now for spare loco's etc. The outside loop will accommodate two 12 coach passenger trains. I will be using Dapol magnetic couplers on the loco's and end of the rakes of stock, and on the straighter sections will have some uncoupling magnets in case I want to swap loco's.

One thing to note is that the run to and from the storage sidings is quite lengthy, in fact its about a 14 foot run, but time to gather some speed I suppose!

SAM 1504
SAM 1504
Station baseboard frame
Station baseboard frame

The station section is a maximum of 160cm (5ft 3") which should be just enough to make the northbound platform 9 coach lengths and give room for my P. Way yard.

Hopefully will be able to play trains - I mean begin to test trains out - on a bit more of the layout soon!

Cheers,
Paul

Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on June 04, 2015, 11:13:53 pm
Thanks for the update, Paul, although I can't help thinking it's going to take an almighty helix to get from the fiddle yard to the ground floor board :worried:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on June 04, 2015, 11:22:24 pm
 :laugh3:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Sprintex on June 05, 2015, 02:39:13 am
Thanks for the update, Paul, although I can't help thinking it's going to take an almighty helix to get from the fiddle yard to the ground floor board :worried:

That would be nothing for Maurits :D


Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on June 05, 2015, 04:50:40 am
Looking good! Don't worry about NPN.... he's a helix short in his DNA methinks  ;)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on June 06, 2015, 11:45:32 pm
Lucky my nephew didn't design the layout, as he would have had the tracks do a loop-the-loop followed by a near vertical drop to the floor and then over a jump - like his scaletrix set!

Anyway, I have installed some drivers in my loco's, so don't think I will install any spirals or helixes as they may complain to ASLEF about becoming dizzy....

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jenn6539 on July 03, 2015, 07:53:27 pm
Looking good so far, watching with interest
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on July 17, 2015, 10:19:56 pm
Good evening,

A quick update on my construction progress.

I had a couple of days in Scotland the other week, in order to take some photo's of the real station and surrounding area to help plan my scenery and buildings. I had a nice trip on the sleeper train going north, the first time I have travelled behind a Class 92, though did stay up sampling a couple of malts that I had not tried before.
Although I stayed in Perth I spent some time in the Blair Atholl hotel for some food in the bothy bar and a couple of real ales from the local Moulin brewery, a very nice place, and worthy of a return visit one day. Not much excitement in the way of trains passing through nowadays, though I did see the Oxwellmains cement pass through (with 3 ferry-wagons at the front) which still had the old PCA "vee" tanks in its formation - I have quite a few of those for my model based 30 or so years earlier.

On the model I am currently wiring in tortoise point motors to make a signal panel. The LEDs are simply wired directly in series with the motors. They may be expensive, but it saves a lot of wiring work and the use of capacitor discharge units and switches under the points. Also no huge holes underneath the points!

A couple of photos, with the new station base-board in place (just to stop Newport Nobby wondering how the track was supposed to get down to floor level :laugh3: )I am currently also constructing the River Tilt base-board at the moment too.

SAM 1639
SAM 1639

I still need to do a bit of work with the signal panel, and re-solder some of the connections on the toggle switches etc, as its still not totally reliable at the moment. Electrics always have been my week point.
This will be the first of 3 panels, and controls the Inverness end storage yard. There will be a larger one in the middle for the station itself, and all parts of the scenic section of the layout will be within view.

SAM 1640
SAM 1640

A view of the northern approach to the staton - sorry its a bit of a mess at the moment! All that wiring will be tideied up though. I am adding in river beds using 6mm ply, though the Banvie Burn which you can see is bridged by the railway here needs a little diversion to the right as it flows at about 45 degrees to the railway here rather than at a right angle.
To fit the "L" shaped space I have available I have also had to compromise a bit  by having a curve to the left, in reality the track is pretty much straight here. Its not too bad as I have kept the curveit down to about 40 degrees or so.

Cheers
Paul



Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on July 17, 2015, 10:44:07 pm
Aha! All is clear to Nobby now :thumbsup: :D
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on July 18, 2015, 12:09:37 am
Now that is coming along nicely.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: JasonBz on July 18, 2015, 12:14:42 am
It is coming along well!
I do like to see a layout emerge from the bare bones :)

There are still quite a lot of the "Vee Tank" PCAs about, well at least if the odd trip to Earles Sidings tells me anything :)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Sprintex on July 18, 2015, 12:26:33 am
There are still quite a lot of the "Vee Tank" PCAs about, well at least if the odd trip to Earles Sidings tells me anything :)

Don't know if it's the same train but I see a cement train most mornings on the Midland Mainline that is a mixture of standard PCAs and Vee Tanks :)


Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on July 25, 2015, 02:07:09 pm
Hello,
I think the vee cement tanks have been about for years, maybe the first batch was built about 1970 or so. Its useful to see the real ones about as it gives an idea of how to weather them. I've seen quite a few pictures of block trains of these on the Highland line, with quite a diverse range of power hauling them from Type 2's to 47's.

Anyway digressing a bit...

Attached is a video of a couple of 26's running round the layout as it is currently. Hopefully will give you an idea of how the layout is intended to operate. I am hoping to do a bit more work this afternoon, although I've realised I can't really put the final scenic section in place as I still need to put a curtain rail up at some point, and this will be right in front of the window!

The loco's are sound fitted, although the sound recording was a bit echo-ey in the room. Bear in mind sound will be faded out when the loco's go "off-stage" once the backscenes etc are completed

http://youtu.be/KD6i99oQHrU (http://youtu.be/KD6i99oQHrU)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bangor Lad on July 25, 2015, 02:29:05 pm
 :claphappy: That is smashing Mr PJ.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 (and question about building above radiators)
Post by: Mr PJ on October 06, 2015, 07:27:33 pm
Hello,

Just a quick update on progress (or lack of!). Hopefully I will get the chance to take some photos and post them at the weekend, that's in between painting the kitchen ceiling, tiling, putting up a new gate in the garden.... all those sort of jobs that need to be done before winter sets in, and hopefully I can get on with some modelling.

I had a look at layout the other night at the "River Tilt" baseboard and decided this end of the layout (just south off the station) is too cramped. So this baseboard is going to be completely revised, taking out the Tilt Bridge from here and using 75cm radius curve which will result in the bridge being at a 90 degree angle to the station. Not ideal, but will give me more chance to recreate the golf course which is South of the River Tilt. Anyway some photos to follow in a few days to prevent Newport Nobby becoming confused...

The only issue about this is that the River Tilt will now be above a radiator, probably only about 7cm from the top of the radiator to the actual baseboard.  I am not sure if this could cause warping to the wood, but I am not planning to stable any locos or stock in this area. Perhaps some reflective material might help, does anyone have any experience of such constructions?
Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: scotsoft on October 06, 2015, 07:43:35 pm
Hi Paul,

I feel if you glued a decent layer of polystyrene to the underside of your layout that is above the radiator, then glue some reflective foil to the polystyrene then that should reflect the majority of the heat.

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 (and question about building above radiators)
Post by: MJKERR on October 06, 2015, 08:16:30 pm
now be above a radiator, probably only about 7cm from the top of the radiator to the actual baseboard
I am not sure if this could cause warping to the wood
What type of radiator?
Had a look in the photos and could not see one

7cm clearance should be more than enough for most type of radiators
If in doubt, put a layer of tin foil, a gap, and another layer of tin foil
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mito on October 06, 2015, 08:58:47 pm
I'd put some form of insulation otherwise there could be serious evaporation ending up with a dry river  bed  :D
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 (and question about building above radiators)
Post by: newportnobby on October 06, 2015, 10:06:42 pm
Anyway some photos to follow in a few days to prevent Newport Nobby becoming confused...


Too late  :P
Living, as I do, in a home for the confused and bewildered such a state is perpetual :confused1:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 (and question about building above radiators)
Post by: Mr PJ on October 06, 2015, 11:22:48 pm
now be above a radiator, probably only about 7cm from the top of the radiator to the actual baseboard
I am not sure if this could cause warping to the wood
What type of radiator?
Had a look in the photos and could not see one

7cm clearance should be more than enough for most type of radiators
If in doubt, put a layer of tin foil, a gap, and another layer of tin foil

Its one of the oldish types made from two sheets of pressed steel. Its not in the photos as I hadn't started building the southern section of the layout when the were taken. I've also had a camera failure, and only just worked out how to transfer photos to my lap-top, but its now quite easy now I've worked it out. Hopefully I will put some photos on the forum at the weekend, including the board which is going to be removed and modified, to make it a bit clearer what I am up to. I guess its better to tweak things a this stage than be dissatisfied at a later stage!

I guess some of the reflective/insulating material you put behind radiators might do the trick.

Thanks for everyone who has put forward suggestions,
Paul
Title: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on October 11, 2015, 10:21:35 pm
Good evening,

Just a couple of photos to show progress over the last couple of months. I have also behind the scenes wired enough double-pole change over switches (eight) to operate the nine points on the scenic section of layout. I am some way off starting the second set of storage sidings/reversing loops!

You have probably not seen the engineers yard in previous photos. They are not wired up yet, but I have made a start on painting the sides of the rails, and also some of the track on other parts of the layout using acrylics.

Engineers Sidings
Engineers Sidings

Here is the board that will be modified shortly, the Tilt Bridge which you can see in its most elementary form, will be removed and moved further round to the right above a radiator (final picture), giving another 3 foot section.
In real life the set of points (hidden by the Stanley knife) are quite a way from the bridge, rather than right next to them as per my original plan - so hopefully this smallish extension will be an improvement. There will be no need for a very tight curve to join up with the new section, as where the Tilt Bridge is located - on a straight section - can carry on round with a 70cm radius curve (after a bit of checking following my last post, where I stated 75cm radius...).

Tilt Bridge
Tilt Bridge
PTDC0048
PTDC0048

So, I still have a few ongoing jobs in the next few weeks, firstly modify the baseboard on the far right, then fit tortoise point motors to all the points in the engineer's sidings, and make the signal panel for Blair Atholl station itself.

Cheers,
Paul





Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on November 01, 2015, 08:45:16 pm
Good evening all,

I've managed to complete the final scenic section for Blair Atholl - in between tiling/painting the kitchen. I have tapered the board a little so that access can be gained in and out of the room!

The final storage/reversing loops need to be constructed now. Where the door is I am thinking of putting in a lifting section, but due to lack of room will need to include a few turnouts. I don't know if anyone else has done something like this, and whether it could cause major problems, but I am hoping with careful design and precise construction it should work okay.

You can see where the River Tilt Bridge is being constructed in this first photograph:

PTDC0067
PTDC0067
PTDC0069
PTDC0069

You should be able to see a piece of set-track at the very front of that last picture - this will be hidden out of view by a back-scene - the concrete sleepered track disappearing beneath a road over-bridge. This piece of set-track will connect to the storage loops and is immediately in front of the bedroom door. Hence its important that there is a lifting section built in - to avoid ducking down every time people need to enter the room!

I am quite pleased with this final section, it gives me a 20 foot scenic running section - just over half a scale mile - albeit that the layout is now a giant "U" shape. Perhaps a swivel chair might be useful for viewing the trains go past!

Thanks,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: NeMo on November 01, 2015, 08:58:43 pm
Envious of your woodworking skills -- and the amount of space you have to work with!

What's the plan with the scenics? It looks like the track is on the plywood surface. Have you given any thought to raising the track above the plywood so you can create embankments as well as cuttings?

I went to university in Aberdeen, and one thing I remember vividly was how the line snaked through the granite cuttings once you approached the granite city (if I recall correctly). It was very dramatic. Then there's that bit around Stonehaven where the line runs close to seashore and across the harbour. Your tilt bridge bit reminds me of that.

There's so much that's evocative of the Scottish railway line: steeply banked cuttings, dense stands of pine trees, windswept harbours... I could go on. It's such a beautiful country.

Cheers, NeMo
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on November 01, 2015, 10:41:23 pm
Hi Nemo,

I have a reasonable amount of space to work with as the room was 9 x 7, however, took down an arch at the back of the room that used to form a little storage space attached to the room. It is narrow at 3 feet wide, but has helped gain a valuable 11 foot 6 run down one side of the layout.

I am trying to copy the real location as much as possible when it comes to scenery - I spent a couple of days in the area earlier in the year to get an idea of the scenery. To the south of the station the railway is quite open, particularly to the south of the Tilt bridge, with no embankments as such. There will be a nice row of tall beech trees just below the window in the photograhs, they are quite tall trees in real life (probably 80 -100 foot).

To the north of the station, the River Garry will be in the foreground, with the railway about 25 - 30 scale feet above this (about 6 or 7 cm on the model. Its an open plan construction to cater for this, which I am think of using wire mesh to bridge, covered with my favourite modelling medium - bubble wrap!

I think the beauty of N gauge is that you don't need a massive area to create an impressive scenic model. I wouldn't have been able to do much in 4mm in the same area at all.
Having said that, when trying to model a real location you begin to realise how much space railways take up. I am always thinking "I could do with an extra foot or two here or there". I have tried to make the best use of the area I have available, but compromises have still been necessary. There is an excellent "00" model of Blair Atholl (they have a good website, which has been useful to give me inspiration) - this is 32 feet in length, the sort of space that most modellers can only dream of.

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on November 01, 2015, 11:19:44 pm
Hi Paul, here's a few links to photos I took on a visit there in 2013. They may or may not be useful, but it's all additional info for yourself or any other members to use.  :thumbsup:
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8166 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8166)
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8167 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8167)
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8168 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8168)
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8169 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/MGalleryItem.php?id=8169)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on January 17, 2016, 10:37:41 pm
Hello,

Its been a while since any updates - I've managed a bit of progress despite a hectic Christmas schedule and having to put new floor-boards in the kitchen, and a new laminate floor. Some of the left-over underlay from this has made a very useful insulating layer for the River Tilt section as you will see from the photos...

Most of the recent work has been more wiring, including the tortoise motors (which are luckily a lot easier than traditional solenoid motors) and signal panels.

I still have track to lay and all the associated electrics for my second (Perth end) reversing/storage loops.
Then I can start on my favourite part - the scenery!

New under construction storage/reversing loops
New under construction storage/reversing loops
PTDC0138
PTDC0138

The River Tilt section gets a ''space age'' under-layer added...
The River Tilt section gets a ''space age'' under-layer added...
Blair Atholl box panel
Blair Atholl box panel

Platforms begin to appear - undergoing clearance testing
Platforms begin to appear - undergoing clearance testing

Cheers,
Paul

Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 17, 2016, 11:34:18 pm
 :hellosign: thanks for the updates   :greatpicturessign:  looking good.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jennarivo on February 19, 2016, 06:55:27 pm
Looking good Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on February 28, 2016, 05:42:39 pm
Good evening,

A quick update - I am glad to say all track laying is now completed, and I have almost finished ballasting. The backscenes are being made-up the MDF boards are already up, using flexible MDF to hide the many corners. The actual positioning of backscenes at the far end towards Dalwhinnie means that there is a small section that needs ballasting as I envisaged it would be behind the scenes - although indeed from normal operating position it is difficult to see in reality.
I am using plain sky for the backscene initially, though I hope to re-visit Blair Atholl in the summer and take some photographs so I can create a collage of the actual scenery.

I am now thinking about buildings but the next priority job is to add all the point motors (11 of them) in the South fiddle yard, and wire in my third signalling panel.
Tilt Bridge
Tilt Bridge
Class 26 and sole wagon in the PW yard
Class 26 and sole wagon in the PW yard
Platforms begin to take shape...
Platforms begin to take shape...
Perth end fiddle yard ''bridge section'' (to save crawling underneath- not getting any younger!)
Perth end fiddle yard ''bridge section'' (to save crawling underneath- not getting any younger!)
Draw bridge in raised position..
Draw bridge in raised position..
General view of ''Perth end'' fiddle yard
General view of ''Perth end'' fiddle yard
Main station building takes shape
Main station building takes shape


Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on February 28, 2016, 06:34:59 pm
Looking very good indeed.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: McRuss on February 28, 2016, 07:07:00 pm
That looks great.

Markus
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 28, 2016, 09:09:46 pm
The station building looks like an excellent model, Paul. The trackwork is pretty impressive, too.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on February 28, 2016, 10:44:47 pm
Good to see such progress being made, and the station building looks like it will be a cracker :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on February 28, 2016, 10:58:06 pm
Thanks for the kind comments.
Its lucky I like scratch building, as all structures (except one PW hut, perhaps!) need to be built from scratch for this layout. I will use textured plasticard for all the buildings, as I think -even in 2mm scale - texture adds a lot to buildings
At last I feel things are beginning to take shape. I have got the ballasting out of the way, I always find that the time spent painting the rail sides is wasted as it all gets chipped off when I remove excess ballast from the running rails! Perhaps I do things wrong somewhere, but it seems to look okay in the end, which is the main thing.
Thanks
Paul (watching a rather nasty Father Finton Stack on TV at the moment....)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 28, 2016, 11:32:37 pm
 :hellosign: nice work &  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 29, 2016, 08:14:49 am
Good morning Paul, I will also have to scratchbuild most of the buildings, especially the station building, for Cant Cove and wondered which textured plasticard you use for your buildings as mine are also stone-built?
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on February 29, 2016, 12:16:22 pm
Hello Chris,

The walls are Slater's Medium stone courses (the small courses are too small for my purposes). I also use their dressed stone, and may have to use random stone (both 2mm scale) for some structures.

The roofs are packs by ratio as the tiles look a lot more prototypical to me. They also do stone walling sheets which are very good for retaining walls and bridges etc.

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 29, 2016, 12:31:27 pm
Many thanks, Paul. I've not, yet, bought and tried any Slater's stone courses. I think the medium will also be best for me for the station building but will also have a look at the small courses, and their dressed and random stone (both 2mm scale) for some other structures.

I am familiar though with the Ratio roof sheets, (as well as their other plastic sheets), and have plenty of these. I also have some large German N Scale stone walling sheets, bought locally.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: scruff on February 29, 2016, 01:06:37 pm
Have you seen this? I know it is Orribly Oversize but it may contain some useful information..

http://www.blairatholl-drumochter.co.uk/ (http://www.blairatholl-drumochter.co.uk/)

Cheers
Mark
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on March 03, 2016, 10:50:00 am
Hi Paul,

Nice work, my eventual layout will be located a bit further south around Gleneagles/Auchterarder, but I know this part of the world well - Dunkeld has to be one of the prettiest stations around.  My better half works for the EA and has spent the best part of 5 years trying to get SSE to put more water down the Garry, so I look forward to seeing you model this (though in the period you are modelling, it will still show up as a trickle in a dried up river bed!)

Look forward to seeing your updates

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 03, 2016, 12:53:35 pm
Hello,

The OO version of Blair Atholl does indeed have a good website, quite useful - but I just wish I could get hold of some of the building measurements they used! The standard of building is pretty awesome, but I am sure I can get away with a few inaccuracies in N... :-[

As for the Garry - more water would be great - it looks a bit sad at the moment with lots of grey rocks and a trickle of water. I am sure even in the 1980s there was more of a flow than there is now.
Auchterarder and Gleneagles also both nice areas, although a more intensive train service. Looking forward to seeing your layout when its started Andrew.
Regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 11, 2016, 09:25:39 pm
Good evening,

I've made a little bit of progress on the scenery, the ballasting is complete now, but I must confess I have to wire up all the point motors for the second storage yard, might do a few of them this weekend. But I enjoy the scenic side most of all, and it will nice to see a bit of greenery at last.

I have mainly used a card framework covered in my favourite bubble wrap, which will get a covering of newspaper cut into triangles pasted over the top before the grass is applied. I might experiment with some static grass. I suppose we all have to move forward with new ideas, rather than just remain static :D
For the more hilly areas I have used some polystyrene blocks, or even old foam to provide a bit of height. I have also had to cut a few centimetres out of the baseboard frame so that I could represent the bridge north of Blair Atholl where the B8079 passes underneath the railway (in reality a couple of miles from the station, but I've had to condense things a little!)
Tilt Bridge takes shape
Tilt Bridge takes shape
The route North to Drumochter
The route North to Drumochter
B8079 under-bridge
B8079 under-bridge
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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on March 11, 2016, 09:49:53 pm
That's coming along very nicely. I'm really enjoying following this project as it evokes fond memories of the lunch I had at Blair Atholl a few years ago.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on March 11, 2016, 09:59:23 pm
Looking good.
I always enjoy the "under construction" photos.
Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 12, 2016, 09:09:47 am
Thanks for the detailed description and photos. of the scenery under construction. It's already developing a 'Highlands' look. Interesting to see that you're using a combination of cheap easily available materials.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 12, 2016, 09:35:53 am
Hello Chris,
Thanks for the kind comments. Other than PVA and wallpaper paste all the materials I'm using for the base for the scenery are totally free. And the good thing is the majority of them are old packaging materials etc would only of gone to land-fill if I hadn't re-used them on the layout, at least I can get some satisfaction from reducing its carbon footprint very slightly.

I've tried to avoid the temptation of any really high mountains close to the track as it wouldn't be in keeping with the area. I am looking forward to going up for another site visit later this year, though I will be waiting until its a bit warmer being a soft southerner!

Regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 12, 2016, 09:47:44 am
Hi Paul, thanks for your reply. I have used polystyrene packing pellets (free) to build up the scenery on Cant Cove to avoid them going as landfill, too. By gluing them together with white glue I can get a light but strong shape which is easy to curve and build slopes from, as required. It is time-consuming but satisfying. The resultant section of scenery is then covered with sand-free tiling grout before painting and grassing, etc. I'm pleased with what I've been able to complete so far. I've also used insulation tiling as sheets and pieces, too, which did cost but the off-cuts have also been used for scenic sections.

Regards,
Chris
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: scruff on March 12, 2016, 10:05:20 am
There is nothing quite like the highlands in winter Paul.. just wrap up warm... very warm! :D

Cheers
Mark
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 13, 2016, 07:53:51 pm
Good evening,

A couple of updates of work which I managed to fit in over the weekend (although with the first nice, sunny weather of the year I've been out most of the time).

Banvie Burn (tributory to the River Garry)
Banvie Burn (tributory to the River Garry)

I have not quite finished the North end of the layout as I need to find some pictures of the road overbridge, and once I've put the bridge in place, I will build up the scenery around it. The newspaper layer is going well, and might even get round this evening to a coat of powder paint. This will be an earthy colour, in case there are any patches not covered by scatter materials.

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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 20, 2016, 11:38:11 am
Good morning,

I've actually started to make reasonable progress with the scenery. I just need to get a suitable supply of grass (not from shady characters sitting on their own in a corner of the pub may I emphasise  :goggleeyes:!).

I am slowly finishing off control panel No.3 and once done I will start wiring up the tortoise point motors to it. However, I find the scenic work more enjoyable. The Tilt Bridge is a real challenge - it won't be 100% to scale - perhaps a few scale feet shorter than the prototype, but I think it should be good enough to capture the characture of the original. I am making decorative stone entrance arches from plasticard, but they are slowly coming on well.
Platforms being built up from card
Platforms being built up from card
Checking how the Tilt Bridge will fit in.
Checking how the Tilt Bridge will fit in.
The first railway on Mars?
The first railway on Mars?
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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2016, 11:41:10 am
This is starting to look seriously good.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 20, 2016, 12:10:39 pm
Excellent progress: slow, steady, and looking very good, particularly the excellent station building.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on March 20, 2016, 12:46:43 pm
Impressive work. I think the Tilt bridge is going to look amazing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: daveg on March 20, 2016, 02:11:06 pm
Bubble wrap as a scenic base? Impressive!

Coming along a treat. Look forward to your next update.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 20, 2016, 10:06:52 pm
Hi,
Thanks to you all for the kind comments. It has been fairly slow progress so far- getting the trackwork and points to be reliable is time consuming, but important. Now there are going to be a lot of buildings to construct -I will concentrate on those that are railway related first.
There's a Highland goods shed, and an old steam shed - both sadly disused, plus signal-box to think about next, before I look at the Atholl Arms Hotel. I won't be able to build the entirety of this due to lack of room.

As for the bubble wrap, the only area where the shape of the bubble wrap shows through very much is in the bottom picture. I think this is the newspaper layer becoming too damp due to too much wallpaper paste. I may apply a further layer of paper (cut into triangles) to reduce this, although it doesn't show too much anyway once scenic materials have been added.
Thanks,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on March 20, 2016, 10:14:04 pm
So glad you're putting the Atholl Arms Hotel in there, even if it is in reduced form! Really looking forward to this!  :beers:

George
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 20, 2016, 10:22:40 pm
Hello George,
I am looking forward to paying another visit myself to the Atholl Arms, perhaps in May. I might well book a night there, as although its fairly pricey I can spend an evening in the bar without having to worry about missing the last train :beers:
Regards
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on March 21, 2016, 11:04:00 am
Looking really good Paul, nice sweeping track curves - great progress

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 26, 2016, 04:39:32 pm
Hello,

Just a quick photo of recent developments -  I am applying a base layer of flock in order to terra-form the martian looking landscape - this will be followed by a layer of Woodlands scenic materials and even perhaps (inspired by the results achieved by Shaun's model of Georgemas Junction on this forum) may experiment with some static grass.

The Tilt Bridge is taking shape, and even if I say so myself am quite pleased with how its looking. I've roughly put it in place (still some side walls etc to complete, plus detail on the lattice girders) for a photo shoot with 47541 crossing.
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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on March 26, 2016, 05:12:54 pm
What a superb looking bridge! :heart2:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 26, 2016, 05:48:58 pm
What a superb looking bridge! :heart2:

Seconded. Really superb modelling work.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on March 26, 2016, 08:00:52 pm
That looks absolutely splendid.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on March 26, 2016, 08:43:00 pm
Love the bridge.
Great stuff.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 26, 2016, 09:17:50 pm
 :hellosign: gotta agree with the above that is a nice bridge
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mito on March 26, 2016, 09:31:27 pm
Yep, that's one great bridge. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on March 28, 2016, 08:11:54 pm
Hi,
Thanks again for the kind comments. I did worry this bridge would be beyond my modelling capabilities, but I decided to get stuck in and see what happens....

Glad I did, as the resulting bridge does look quite like the prototype - and an beautiful prototype it is - a cross between a castle and a bridge really. Perhaps because of its proximity to Blair Castle?  I've done a little more work this weekend, including extending the towers downward, the scenery will have to be modified a little, and will involve use of some modelling clay to seal any gaps. Also there is some walling, which ends in some castellated end posts. I have made these from square plasticard section. Thank goodness for this and micro-strip!

The lattice girders when finished will just slot in place, no need to actually glue them in. My biggest challenge will be the curved central lattice piece which joins the two girders in the middle. I am pondering how I will make this intricate part.

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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 28, 2016, 08:19:52 pm
Thanks for these photos. A really superb example of model engineering.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on March 28, 2016, 08:42:22 pm
Very nice work indeed.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jennarivo on March 28, 2016, 10:52:49 pm
The bridge is looking great, keep it up.  Looking forward to seeing more.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jonclox on March 29, 2016, 11:36:50 am
What a superb looking bridge! :heart2:
Agreed it looks superb even now in its unfinished state  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Caz on March 29, 2016, 07:23:50 pm
Seconded.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on March 30, 2016, 09:18:05 am
Excellent work, the progress is great :)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: wookie on March 31, 2016, 04:02:03 pm
Magnificent bridge - it seems to me it should have a Royal Train crossing it  :D
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on April 07, 2016, 08:19:26 pm
Good evening
A couple more Tilt Bridge photos, I have pretty much finished the lattice sides, it just needs the central lattice piece. I am thinking of looking for suitable plastic gaskets to form this. Otherwise its nearly there, a little bit of painting left on side walls etc, and suitable capping for the walls to be made from modelling putty.

Sorry, no Royal train, only a ballast train - although you could count 47541 "The Queen Mother" as a Royal loco!

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Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 07, 2016, 08:45:09 pm
Thanks for the photos., very nice work, indeed.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jennarivo on April 07, 2016, 08:58:47 pm
Looks stunning, well done.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: wookie on April 08, 2016, 10:32:12 am
That looks brilliant!  :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: ScottyStitch on April 08, 2016, 12:06:36 pm
Good evening
A couple more Tilt Bridge photos, I have pretty much finished the lattice sides, it just needs the central lattice piece. I am thinking of looking for suitable plastic gaskets to form this. Otherwise its nearly there, a little bit of painting left on side walls etc, and suitable capping for the walls to be made from modelling putty.

Sorry, no Royal train, only a ballast train - although you could count 47541 "The Queen Mother" as a Royal loco!

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Yes very very very good. I'm very familiar with Blair Athol, being a native of Perth, I was up in the village regularly. There would be no doubt where you are modelling upon seeing your bridge.

Excellent, keep it coming!
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 09, 2016, 07:54:55 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:  agree with above absolutely superb bridge  :thumbsup:
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Ditape on April 09, 2016, 08:58:04 pm
Love the bridge keep up the good work.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 02, 2016, 08:10:07 pm
Good evening,

and hope everyone had a good May Day bank holiday? Mine was productive, in that I demolished the remains of an old shed and took it to the recycling centre (a garden shed, and not the remains of 66048 if you were wondering...), but unfortunately little modelling done. In fact little done during April at all as I was in the US for much of it, though have wired in a few more point motors this week.

I have managed to start painting the main station building, hopefully I have got the colours reasonably accurate from photos I took on a visit last year.
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A few things to finish off, including the canopy, plus painting the window frames, down-pipes etc.

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on May 02, 2016, 08:46:39 pm
Excellent job, Paul :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 02, 2016, 09:48:36 pm
The station building looks superb, Paul.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 02, 2016, 10:12:50 pm
Excellent work. Once again, reminds me of my trip!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: McRuss on May 04, 2016, 05:19:02 am
I think your colourwork looks great.

Markus
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 08, 2016, 09:19:10 pm
Evening,

Quite a lot of progress this weekend, and some interesting photos taken, but something seems to have happened to with the site thats making it really difficult to upload anything. I am struggling to put anything on the site at all :(

Please let me see if you can see the below picture

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=media;in=39309 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=media;sa=media;in=39309)

Regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: paul4147 on May 08, 2016, 09:29:04 pm
I can see the picture by clicking on the link,and a great picture it is, coming a long a treat

Cheers

Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Yet_Another on May 08, 2016, 09:29:25 pm
Certainly can. Very rusty.

What I've found is that the picture uploads ok, but the server then hangs. I ended up with six of the same pic the other day through retrying.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 08, 2016, 09:52:02 pm
Hi,

Yes, I have had the same problem with the server hanging up, managed to upload this one though, so don't know what's going on. Perhaps I will try tomorrow, hopefully this is not a permanent problem.

I have managed to get a bit more scenery done, adding in some more layers of scatter material and a bit of experimentation with static grass. Also borrowed the goods shed from Achnasheen - as you should be able to see on the previous post - although this was shortened down a bit to fit in the available space on what is quite a small model. I have only three tortoise motors to wire and fit now, will get on with that tonight, and hopefully post a few more pictures later in the week.

Sorry, the PVA isn't quite dry in this photo!

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Thanks,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Yet_Another on May 08, 2016, 10:13:23 pm
This is going to be a lovely looking layout. The foreground in this last picture is particularly effective. :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on May 08, 2016, 10:50:46 pm
Cracking scenic work :claphappy:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 08, 2016, 11:33:29 pm
Hello,

Thanks for the positive comments.

Managed to upload a couple more photos. A further one failed again, after success with these two, but you should at least see the golf course developing and the station area, with buildings tentatively positioned.
There is one major thing missing, and that's trees - which there are a lot of at Blair Atholl. Looking into various sources, and will probably scratch build some, though there's a lot to do. One distinctive feature just south of the station is a row of tall beech trees next to the line, which should create a beautiful back-drop to the bridge.

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Thanks,
Paul

Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: lil chris on May 08, 2016, 11:51:52 pm
Nice pics, I take it the bridge is scratch built.I have had the same trouble loading pics, I have gone back to using Photo Bucket now. You just have to watch you content if you want to avoid paying, don't we all......!!!.
At least now I know it was not just me having trouble loading pics to the server, that's why I have started to use another way of posting pics, I got fed up with it locking up.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 09, 2016, 07:23:58 pm
Hi Chris,

Almost every building, including the bridge, will need to be scratch-built, although I enjoy building 2mm scale buildings so its not such a bind. I have borrowed a couple of items from an older, vastly smaller, model of Achnasheen, including an etched footbridge which I found very difficult to assemble, and its not perfect by any means, but looks okay from a distance!
Once the station buildings are done, I will make a start on some of the buildings in the part of the village that is within the boundary of the model, including a water mill, and part of the Atholl Arms Hotel. The latter will be "low relief" as its a large building, but they serve some good beer if you ever pass that way :)

Thanks,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 09, 2016, 07:45:14 pm
Sounds excellent, Paul. I look forward to seeing those scratchbuilt buildings taking shape.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on May 09, 2016, 07:51:05 pm
Great stuff. Looking forward to seeing those buildngs.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 09, 2016, 10:27:05 pm
Having had lunch and a beer there a couple of years ago, I look forward to seeing the hotel!  :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on May 09, 2016, 10:46:35 pm
Looking fantastic - great work

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on May 25, 2016, 10:34:29 pm
Hello,

A quick youtube video, showing some of the recent progress:

https://youtu.be/c4tVMLGFkbw

I am still ironing out one or two running problems. I've just finished wiring in my last tortoise motor, so I am getting there with the electrics, after glacial progress with this over the last year.

The Tilt Bridge is getting there, and I have used some Woodland Scenics "realistic water", along with some coarse ballast and cork pieces to represent pebbles or rocks, but still a little more to do.
As you can see trees are gradually appearing - albeit many more to make - and the golf course is also taking shape, I have made a few bunkers etc for it, just people etc to add.

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 25, 2016, 11:04:05 pm
 :hellosign: Super video, the layout is progressing nicely, thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on May 25, 2016, 11:20:19 pm
Great video! When I watched it, I realised just what a good job you've done on the station building. I recognised it instantly.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 26, 2016, 07:12:54 am
Thanks for the video, Paul. It's coming along very well indeed. I look forward to the next update.  :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on May 26, 2016, 07:26:28 am
Really nice little video.
It's coming along really nicely and great to see trains running.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on June 26, 2016, 08:42:51 pm
Hello,

I've uploaded a few more photos. Scenic work is carrying on slowly, with more grass areas being completed and trees planted - of which there are now quite a lot - perhaps half of the eventual total!
A lot of them are home made from Woodland Scenics plastic stems, and some are the better ready-made trees.
Also I am adding roads around the layout, including as you can see the one leading to the goods yard (and one in front of this leading to the old loco shed), plus a few houses are under construction and I am checking these all look correct in their settings before final positioning.

Still a lot more to do, such as adding fences, telegraph poles and signalling, but I am concentrating on the major scenic items first.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3814-260616202805.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41445)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3814-260616203016.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41446)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3814-260616203212.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=41447)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: RossE on June 26, 2016, 09:01:40 pm
Wow! Fantastic modelling! It's looking great. Thanks for sharing.
Ross
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on June 26, 2016, 09:06:30 pm
It's looking excellent.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: daveg on June 26, 2016, 09:11:55 pm
Really very nice.

The bridge looks terrific and the corner shot looks totally natural.

 :thumbsup:

Dave G
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on June 26, 2016, 09:26:42 pm
Excellent bit of 'scenicking' work :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on June 26, 2016, 10:46:38 pm
Wot they all said  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on June 27, 2016, 08:47:28 am
Looking amazing, the tree's transform it - well done
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: MinZaPint on June 27, 2016, 11:52:45 am
Your scenic work is looking very good capturing the feel of the area and like Bealman I have been to the area, camped in the Castle grounds and enjoyed a few beers in the hotel  :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Tractor37 on June 27, 2016, 08:21:08 pm
Cracking work squire. I ain't got a clue what the area is like in reality but looks pretty spiffing to me..  :D
Keep up the good work pal. Making me want to get cracking again..
Jas...  :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on September 05, 2016, 10:42:11 pm
Evening all,

I was just admiring some pictures of Georgemas Junction and as I've been doing a bit of modelling myself tonight thought I would put a couple of photos of recent work on the forum. Just realised my last update was a long ago as June. How times flies? I suppose like a lot of people I have been busy with jobs around the house and garden and a few trips away - hopefully will make a bit more progress over the winter months.

Work tonight has been at the Northern end of the layout - I have been installing bridges made from card overlaid with embossed plasticard, and finished with acrylic paint. One represents the B8079 underbridge which zig-zags under the line, the other represents the overbridge of one the drive-ways to Blair Castle (an attractive gate-house is nearby, but not modelled due to space constraints. The latter forms a nice scenic break, though in reality its a couple of miles too near the station, so a little necessary modeller's licence.

As you can see, the glue is still setting, with a few tools to ensure everything sets in the right place :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3814-050916223011.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=43346)

Also of note is the railway cottages on the Down side, which are nearly complete. I've also extended the goods yard sidings behind them, as it looked like I had left too much room once I tried positioning the cottages. All needs blending in at some point.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3814-050916223410.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=43347)

Incidentally an old (much smaller) layout "Achnasheen" is up for sale on the forum, as I need the space and would rather not break up the layout.

I should have a bit more progress to show over the next few months - hopefully anyway as moving house is on the distant horizon. I will be looking to move somewhere with a suitable room for Blair Atholl if and when this occurs.

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on September 06, 2016, 01:34:17 am
Thanks for the update, Paul.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on September 06, 2016, 05:38:13 am
Progressing well, Paul :thumbsup:
Good luck with selling 'Achnasheen' and with finding a new home for 'Blair Atholl' and yourself.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 06, 2016, 08:08:11 am
Thanks for the update, Paul. Very nice scenic work, particularly the bridges and station buildings.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on September 06, 2016, 01:18:08 pm
Progressing well, Paul :thumbsup:
Good luck with selling 'Achnasheen' and with finding a new home for 'Blair Atholl' and yourself.

Hello Mick,
Thanks - it will probably be a couple of years before seriously start looking for a new house, but something I want to do before retirement looms so I don't have the cost of decorating and the inevitable other improvements etc to worry about. Hopefully by then Blair Atholl will be completed, the layout is in movable sections, so can be dismantled with a bit of effort!
Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: jennarivo on September 06, 2016, 06:02:43 pm
Looking good Paul, really starting to take shape, thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: port perran on September 06, 2016, 08:52:18 pm
Looks good to me.
Title: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 -October update
Post by: Mr PJ on October 02, 2016, 05:48:39 pm
Hello,

As the year drifts round into the Autumn, I have managed to do a fair bit more to Blair Atholl, including adding water to the River Garry. I have used some cork track underlay broken up to represent larger rocks, coloured with acrylics, and 4mm scale ballast to represent the smaller grey rocks which seem to abound along the shores of this river. Plus finally finished the small bridge over the Banvie Burn at the North end of the station.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3814-021016173345.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44078)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3814-021016173811.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44080)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3814-021016174246.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=44081)

The biggest job coming up is constructing the rest of the buildings, and finishing off those that I have started with details such as chimneys. But its getting there, and looking forward to a bit of an operating session one evening this week (or playing trains as some might say!). There's only a few more trees to make now - maybe another 70 to 80 or so. I don't know how many are on the layout, maybe I should count one day, but I reckon its about 250 at the moment...

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 02, 2016, 06:39:29 pm
Thanks for the update. I like your scenery and the "Speedlink" train. The water looks very realistic, too.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 -October update
Post by: newportnobby on October 02, 2016, 08:11:48 pm
There's only a few more trees to make now - maybe another 70 to 80 or so. I don't know how many are on the layout, maybe I should count one day, but I reckon its about 250 at the moment...

Cheers,
Paul

 :o :goggleeyes:
 :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on October 23, 2016, 10:11:07 pm
Hello,

A little bit of progress over the last couple of weeks, having started to build the signalbox and completing a few more scenic areas. The village area will need a lot of buildings to complete to say the least, so I have still got quite a lot to do just south of the station.
Will be busy decorating the main bedroom over the next few weeks, so modelling on hold for a while. I have certainly been busy today before the plasterer arrives. I removed the coving to save him time, but found the original coving was simply stuck with impact adhesive over the original wallpaper - a real botch-job which turned an easy task into a rather tedious one :(.

Anyway, I digress - a couple of video links this time, with various activities in the summer 1985 season:

https://youtu.be/6SC8sLL1OtA

https://youtu.be/cL2GoKOdShM

Hope you enjoy looking at the videos,

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on October 23, 2016, 10:51:05 pm
I certainly did enjoy looking at them!  :thumbsup:

Your scenery is really starting to capture the feel of the location. Excellent work!

Good luck with the bedroom rejuvenation.  :beers:

George
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on October 24, 2016, 09:54:06 am
Your layout doesn't look to be portable which, IMO, is a shame as I think it is/will be of exhibition standard.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on October 24, 2016, 12:31:44 pm
Hello Mick,

Thanks for the positive comments - exhibitions are a big commitment, moving the layout would require a van, and with work etc I simply don't have the time to attend  them.
The layout could be made to be portable (it will have to be dismantled if/when I move house) as it is sections, but the scenery goes across to avoid unsightly gaps. Maybe when I've taken retirement, but could be a few years yet!

Regards,
Paul
Title: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986 - Shed Contstruction
Post by: Mr PJ on December 18, 2016, 08:29:40 pm
Hello,

I didn't realise it was so long since the last update, to be honest I've not done a lot of modelling as its been very busy with decorating etc going on, plus the usual Christmas arrangements etc (as usual none of these things 100% complete!).

One thing I have been working on is the dis-used loco shed, which is still present at Blair Atholl - I think its used as a storage shed or similar - albeit a little sorry for itself nowadays.
Its not an exact replica, but is based on various photos, a couple of my own and others I have found on line. I've made it a little smaller than the real shed in order to fit the available space.

You can see the progress below. I think the  Ratio corrugated sheets used on the roof may be a little over-scale, but it looks acceptable to me for such a large construction. I of course need to build the vents etc on top of the roof. I've roughly positioned it on the layout, but I will probably need to remove some of the rough grass area in front of the shed to give it enough room. There is certainly enough weeds, scrub and trees around the shed nowadays, but probably not quite as bad 30 years ago, so won't go over the top blending the shed into the scenery.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3814-181216201557.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46422)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3814-181216202020.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=46423)

Its a shame the shed isn't still used for some kind of railway use - such as storing on-track plant - but at least it still stands. The engineer's yard has also been out of use for some years now, but I am sure it will be quite busy with ballast wagons being loaded and other activity on my layout.

Happy Christmas to all on the forum,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on December 18, 2016, 08:56:46 pm
And a merry Christmas to you, Paul.

The shed looks great! It will really add to the authenticity of your cracking layout.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Yet_Another on December 18, 2016, 09:21:31 pm
Yes, that boarded up look is very evocative. Lovely bit of modelling.  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on December 21, 2016, 08:08:57 am
Thanks for the update, great to have you back - shed looks very good so far
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on January 29, 2017, 11:06:02 pm
A few photos attached showing recent progress, most of which has been concentrated on building construction.
The old shed is almost finished now - perhaps a bit more weathering to do! I have removed some of the grassed area, and will blend the shed into its surroundings once its 100% finished. For the purposes of the photos I have put some of the buildings temporarily in position. I will probably drill holes underneath for retro-fitting of lighting.

You may notice a train randomly in the background, it happens to be in the "fiddle yard" behind, but I am missing a part of the back-scene at the moment!

(http://[url=http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/3814-290117225736.jpeg]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/3814-290117225736.jpeg[/url]) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48089)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/3814-290117230335.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48090)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/3814-290117230548.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48091)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/3814-290117230813.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48092)

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on January 29, 2017, 11:27:26 pm
Looking great! Station building instantly recognizable.

Thanks for the update!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on January 30, 2017, 09:53:39 am
Great update, the station is looking great - I hope the facilities maintenance team are mobilising urgently from Pitlochry to repair the footbridge pillar :)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on April 01, 2017, 11:34:41 pm
Hello,
Another update, a few things taking shape, having gone on a recent "off-fencive". I have made no attempt to try and replicate the wires between fence posts as in N gauge they would be some 2 or more inches in diameter using the smallest diameter thread or brass rod available...

A video attached - maybe not the best quality, which I apologise for -hope to add some photos tomorrow.

Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on April 02, 2017, 05:29:40 am
Wow! :goggleeyes:
That is some superb looking scenery.
I like the way you've tracked the sun across the sky ;)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on April 02, 2017, 09:04:50 am
Great scenery and sound effects - I thought I caught a glimpse of some bunkers, your golf course look fab, really well done :)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Yet_Another on April 02, 2017, 09:44:50 am
Lovely. May I ask, what material have you used for your fence posts? I've just ordered some 1mm brass rod, but I'm not sure it will look right.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on April 02, 2017, 05:42:51 pm
Hello,

Thanks for the nice comments. The fence-posts are matchsticks cut in half and then cut length wise twice into quarters, so they are just over 1mm square. Sometimes the matchsticks can be difficult to cut, as they can split, but I think they look okay painted light grey, which is how most of the fence-posts quickly end up looking in this part of the world!


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/3814-020417172226.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50544)

I believe you can get a set of golfing figures (from Preiser perhaps?). One thing I forgot to include is the Club House for the golf club, so I have re-done the scenery South of the River Tilt to make a suitable flat area for it. I'm also going to re-do the road over-bridge as I wasn't totally happy with it.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/3814-020417172508.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50545)

I've been busy blending the loco shed into its surroundings, and making it look suitably run down. It needs a fork-lift truck or similar to complete the look.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/3814-020417173025.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50546)

A view of the goods yard, the Class 26 will need a brake van on the back if its hauls those air-braked engineers wagons!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/3814-020417173339.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50547)

Finally a view down the Street approaching the Level Crossing. A few bits need finishing on the various buildings, plus I need to make a start on the watermill. Part of the Atholl Arms Hotel will be represented on the other side of the line, there simply isn't room to model it in completeness.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/50/3814-020417173622.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=50548)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on April 02, 2017, 06:19:10 pm
loco shed surroundings look terrific, will need to be a well rusted, forgotten about forklift to fit in :) - great modelling
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on April 02, 2017, 09:17:19 pm
When did you learn to time travel a month forward and was it difficult, please? ;)
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on April 02, 2017, 10:35:37 pm
Shame about the space for the hotel, but I look forward to seeing the model on the layout!   :beers:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 03, 2017, 07:58:02 pm
Really excellent scenic modelling only marred by the damaged sky backscene in one photo. 8-(
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on July 16, 2017, 10:39:51 pm
Good evening,

A quick update of latest developments. Seems like a long time since my last posting, but due to work and other hobbies and commitments its always seems like slow progress. Some might say its a lack of commitment to modelling :D. Still, looking back at the last postings it seems like a fair amount has been done, but still more jobs to do. At least its getting to look like it will be complete by the end of the year, if there ever is such a thing as "complete" for a model.

One of the things I am currently undertaking is the construction of plywood facings for the layout front, painted earth brown, which seems to set the layout off nicely and hide ugly scenic building blocks.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3814-160717221214.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53437)

The mill is under construction, in fact nearly there apart from windows and other details. A hole has been cut in the baseboard for where the water wheel is located.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3814-160717221414.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53438)

I've started adding some signals to the layouts and the backscenes are being replaced with commercially available ones. Obviously not pictures of the actual area, but they do seem to be quite evocative off this area of Scotland which is not mountainous as such.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3814-160717221605.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53439)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3814-160717221819.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53440)

I have used double sided sticky tape to fix the backscenes. Its pretty effective, but one curved section (which needs to be removable to clean the track behind) I started sticking the paper backscene in place to find its at a slight angle, and impossible to subsequently rectify! I will re-do this section in time, but its a pain as I have to pay out for all 8 feet again - ouch!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3814-160717221954.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53441)

Hopefully some more updates in the near future. In the meanwhile I will be having some fun running trains and doing the occasional bit of modelling.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Bealman on July 16, 2017, 11:38:07 pm
Looking fantastic.  Thanks for the update!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Innovationgame on July 17, 2017, 06:28:47 am
The scenery is looking really good!
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: keithbythe sea on July 17, 2017, 08:06:34 am
Great modelling!
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Milton Rail on July 17, 2017, 09:21:28 am
Great update - lots of great modelling again, the backscenes look good, think I have the same ones and agree they do look good for Perthshire
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 17, 2017, 12:17:52 pm
Great modelling!
Seconded! Well worth waiting for these photos. Looking very good indeed.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: newportnobby on July 17, 2017, 08:31:56 pm
To me, what makes your layout come alive is the sheer volume and variation of the 'greenery'.
Rest assured your efforts in that area have given great results.
Title: Re: Blair Atholl, 1980-1986
Post by: Mr PJ on July 17, 2017, 11:02:47 pm
Hello,
Thanks for the positive comments - it's my first large scale layout in over two decades, so I would (rather smugly perhaps) like to think I have at last got things right, albeit not perfect  - but after all we should aspire to perfection, but accept we can't ever get there!
I've tried to keep the visible side of the layout fairly simple track-layout wise, which makes things a little simpler. So really, a "watch the trains go by" layout to some extent. And slower running is always good!
What is really useful is looking at the forum and picking up ideas and advice from others, so thanks to all on here for their advice. And long live N gauge and the forum...
Cheers,
Paul