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Author Topic: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)  (Read 23778 times)

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #135 on: March 24, 2018, 06:32:38 am »
Is there something in particular that has prompted the change of plan?
I wonder whether you encountered issues the rest of us could learn from, or just found your interests took you in a different direction?
This project started in 2012 and was put on hold when Graham Farish announced the ScotRail Class 47/7 and Mark 2 DBSO
Sound conversions and Mercig Studios then commenced a variety of models to recreate this location
Sadly the timescales slipped for each batch of conversions, from 12 months to 18 months
I then had to swap agent for the Sound Conversions and the models from 2015 and 2016 are just now being completed
However, the selected Class 37/4 models are completed

In 2014 I then had a massive change in career, but with the above that was not an issue
I was not able to spend any time furthering the construction of the layout (scenic areas)
In 2017 I was at home just 9 days

In 2018 I am still awaiting the Graham Farish DBSO

I have now decided to revise the scenic area to utilise the completed Class 37/4 models and will shortly select a location between Helensburgh and Crainlarich
Sadly these models are semi-detailed with couplings, but that is something I can resolve at a later date
There are plenty of Mark 1 TSO, CK, Mark 2 TSO, BSO to recreate several passenger trains
That just leaves a selection of freight
Sadly I never travelled between Glasgow Queen Street and Crainlarich / Oban / Fort William, so will have to refer to photographs

As for the models that are no longer required
I have four Dapol / C&M ScotRail Mark 3 box sets, and may offer one here
There are also two Farish Mark 2 rakes, one includes a partially resprayed BG / NEA

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #136 on: March 24, 2018, 09:54:26 am »
How does having no time align to starting a whole new project? Surely itís more sensible to carry on with something youíre 6 years into? You have a huge selection of rolling stock already, if only by volume not variety! Seems a shame given youíve spent about 20 years cumulatively waiting for models youíre now selling!

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #137 on: March 24, 2018, 10:33:54 am »
I think you're being a bit hard on @MJKERR!

This is, after all, a hobby. If you're not enjoying what you're building, it's time to move onto something new. Given the amount of money MJKERR must be spending on all these Mercig repaints, I'm guessing he's not short of a few bob, in which case he's lucky enough to be free to move onto other projects and never mind the expense. After all, we all spend money on stuff that's ultimately useless -- beer comes to mind -- and the deeper our pockets, the easier it is to 'write off' money spent on such things.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the people spending the most money in our hobby are the ones who help to keep it alive. We often criticise collectors as armchair modellers, but without them, we'd all be much poorer.

So MJKERR, please do keep us posted on what comes next*, and good luck with selling off your rolling stock. I'm sure items of such quality will find good homes!

Cheers, NeMo

*I do wonder if something Scottish based around the DJM Class 17 might be on the cards -- I'm already started on a small plank project for precisely this model, a definite shift away from my Western Region preferences!

How does having no time align to starting a whole new project? Surely itís more sensible to carry on with something youíre 6 years into? You have a huge selection of rolling stock already, if only by volume not variety! Seems a shame given youíve spent about 20 years cumulatively waiting for models youíre now selling!

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #138 on: March 24, 2018, 12:04:20 pm »
FWIW, my modelling time hasn't been what I'd have liked over the last 2yrs. To be honest thought of jacking all in a few times

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #139 on: March 24, 2018, 01:34:40 pm »
How does having no time align to starting a whole new project?
Surely itís more sensible to carry on with something youíre 6 years into?
You have a huge selection of rolling stock already, if only by volume not variety!
Seems a shame given youíve spent about 20 years cumulatively waiting for models youíre now selling!
My first layout was enormous, but impractical
All of those models were disposed of
One of the three fiddle yards was retained

This resulted in the second layout, commencing about 2012
Not sure how 2012 to 2018 is 20 years, none of the models I currently have existed were owned before 2012

The majority of the models are wasted now
Even though I was only home for about 9 days last year, effectively this was about 4 hours use
In the middle of last year I had already decided to reduce scope of the layout, removing the blue/grey push-pull aspect

If I had continued with this project there were still about a dozen Class 47 models, not to mention the DMU and HST to add to the rolling stock
With just Class 37/4 models I can concentrate on something simpler, and almost no new rolling stock

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #140 on: March 24, 2018, 03:45:19 pm »
20 years cumulatively - ie 20 locos youíve waited a year for, at least.

Obviously youíre free to do what you want, I just canít reconcile not having enough time, waiting times being too long, and wanting to start again. It would be a horrible shame for you to decide down the line that actually you wanted all these models youíve waited so long for, only to never use.

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #141 on: March 24, 2018, 05:03:19 pm »
20 years cumulatively - ie 20 locos youíve waited a year for, at least.
I am still not sure where you get 20 years / 20 models from
Just two models were completed in one year, the rest have been considerably longer and one batch took nearly three years!

My first layout was 2006 to 2012, replicating the East Coast Main Line during the privitisation period
This layout was capable of running all 60 trains
Very satisfying
At that point I was deciding whether to swap back to OO gauge

The second layout was 2012 to 2018, replicating the ScotRail period
However, none of the models from the first layout could be used
This layout was planned for between 40 and 60 models
Sadly I have had little use, but that was work related

2018 should be easier with almost no work from September 2018 to March 2019
I have spent the last few weeks deciding what my next layout should be
I decided to keep the Class 37/4 models, and base it on that
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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #142 on: March 24, 2018, 05:22:51 pm »
But that just reinforces what I mean - you have a huge amount of sunk time in acquiring stock - it feels like youíve spent 6 years accumulating a spectacular fleet, only to say ďmeh, taking too long, giving upĒ. But if youíve decided itís what you want to do then crack on!

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #143 on: March 24, 2018, 08:35:29 pm »

Hi there,

Thanks for clarifying.  Good luck with the new project - it does sound interesting.

Do you have any photographs of your former ECML layout? 

And those Mercig 37s and 47s are very beautiful - I am sure they'll go to good homes!

Cheers

Ben A.



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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #144 on: March 24, 2018, 09:15:55 pm »
Do you have any photographs of your former ECML layout? 

Yes, and videos
Thanks to a members vote it was called Woodhurst

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=1025.0
By May 2011 the baseboards and track were in place
Sadly the following year this had to change, with the layout moving between rooms

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #145 on: March 24, 2018, 09:45:57 pm »
Sadly looks like all the content has gone - sounds like a good layout.

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #146 on: March 30, 2018, 07:49:46 am »
There are ten completed Class 47 DCC Sound conversion models, as yet NOT completed by Mercig Studios
They have a variety of bodies and chassis
47474
47474 / 47612 chassis
47612
47612 / 47474 chassis
47715
As a result, there is an option to have an original model (£275) or completed by Mercig Studios to YOUR specification (£500)
Mercig Studios should be able to complete your model by July 2018

If anyone is interested please contact me by DM
I would need to know by Friday 06 May 2018
« Last Edit: March 30, 2018, 07:51:16 am by MJKERR »

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #147 on: April 04, 2018, 12:34:51 am »
Oh Dear, Oh Dear, so sad. You throw yourself into things, spend lots of money and change direction.

You really need to get some focus and stick with one theme.
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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #148 on: April 04, 2018, 05:55:07 am »
Oh Dear, Oh Dear, so sad. You throw yourself into things, spend lots of money and change direction.
You really need to get some focus and stick with one theme.
I've never had any single layout for more than five years
Change of personal circumstances later this year is also one of the factors

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Re: Glasgow Queen Street model railway layout (take 2)
« Reply #149 on: April 05, 2018, 07:12:34 am »
The following will shortly be available

37427
SCOTRAIL livery, Highland Enterprise

DCC Sound Loksound decoder
Mercig Studios -
Lowered chassis
Semi-detailed at both ends with coupling (if you wish full detailing at either end or both ends I would need to know by Sunday 08 April 2018, so that the specification can be updated)
Light weathering

£550, includes delivery

If anyone is interested please contact me by DM
I would need to know by Friday 06 May 2018
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