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Title: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 17, 2014, 09:28:57 pm
The railway is situated in my workshop or escape room! Above the layout are tins of paint and lengths of wood and a work bench with various saws and other bits and pieces.

This is the final plan but is really a guide! The track is already laid following the plan. The scenery or effects will most probably be changed as time goes on.

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This was the original idea but it just grew and grew. I can remove it and with the addition of cassettes or fiddle yard it can be used  on its own.

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On the left is a curve which takes the track to Kelby. There will be a canal passing underneath the bridges

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Leading on from that is Kelby.

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From Weston to the right the line climbs and passes over itself and will be hidden by something, most probably a village.

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Half the wiring is finished. Not a job I particularly enjoy.

This is how I envisage Kelby to be.

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The walls are Scalescenes with posters from his bridge kit. The ďmetalworkĒ over the track will support the station buildings built on the platforms.

The track mimics are made from plastic sheet with diagrams printed on self-adhesive paper and when stuck on sprayed with several coats of clear varnish and holes drilled for the switches.

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Just to remind myself that accidents can happen, I found this at a flea market some years ago.

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I hope this is not a too long winded post. Any suggestions, questions please post or PM me. I shall put more photos on my gallery as I take them.
Posts will be sporadic as I have a disabled wife who is waiting for an urgent op on her neck. She has two slipped discs which are touching the spinal cord and the specialist is worried that a slight jerk could cause paralysis.  Touch wood all will be OK. 

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 17, 2014, 10:00:45 pm
First and foremost - very best wishes to your wife and I hope all goes well.

The layout looks great and your locos will have plenty of chances to stretch their 'legs', as it were. I'd be concerned about having pots of paint above my layout, though :worried:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Malc on October 17, 2014, 10:57:50 pm
Hope your wife gets sorted pretty quickly. Anything that produces sawdust is a big no no where n gauge trains are concerned. I do like your poster though...very inspirational.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 17, 2014, 11:03:40 pm
Looks highly impressive already and will be great fun to operate.

I, too, hope that all will be well soon with your wife and agree that any dust, etc., needs to kept well away from N Gauge locos.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 19, 2014, 08:34:52 pm
Thanks all for the kind messages.
As regards dust there isn't a great deal as most of the dust creating things are done outdoors. This part of the world is blessed with good weather, we have had only 2 days of serious rain since last November. We have a serious drought problem. As regards the layout I'm going to get some polythene sheeting to cover it when things are a bit more advanced.
Just about finished the wiring today and was testing it with a multimeter, found some bad soldering but found a point that has disintegrated. :(. Will have to get a new one. the old one was 40 some years old so can't complain.

Got a winter project planned. A small, read micro, idea. More for practising techniques than anything but I'll have room to play,  sorry, model on the kitchen table.  :D More later.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 19, 2014, 08:42:30 pm
Looking forward to the updates, Mito. Cant Cove will 'live' under a bed so dust will be a real problem unless I'm careful, despite the dust cover.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on October 19, 2014, 08:45:20 pm
Keep the updates coming and I do hope that all goes well for you wife.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 20, 2014, 09:12:34 pm
Sorted the point out. Chucked it in the bin! :laugh: I replaced it with a length of track. On the mimic of Kelby it's the point that connects the blue track (top right). There is now no head shunt but as the whole thing is not particularly prototypical I'm not too fussed. It gives me a bit more room to put a retaining wall in. Rule 1 applies ;)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 21, 2014, 09:15:59 pm
Got a problem. :doh:
I finished the wiring today and was checking for shorts with  a multimeter. No problems until I switched a point, electrofrog, on  a siding. Suddenly a short on half the circuit. I took the point out and checked it against another one.  If the point is set for straight there is a short on the diverging line and vice versa. Electrofrog points are new things to me. I looked at the info that comes with the point but no help. Do I have to put insulating fish-plates on all the exits? The point in question is situated at the top of the plan, the only point there is that leaves the main line.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: PostModN66 on October 21, 2014, 09:40:38 pm
Hi Mito,

Yes, as a general rule you put insulating joiners on both exits, on the tracks next to the frogs.  The outside tracks can have normal joiners.

There is an exception to this if the point leads to a dead end siding, and you are happy that the siding is "dead" when the points don't go that way - then you just need one insulated joiner, on the "other" route.

Cheers  Jon   :)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 21, 2014, 09:53:18 pm
Jon, thanks. Another job for tomorrow. Might have something running by the weekend if I can get the track clean.
Regards,
Brian
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 03, 2015, 09:20:22 pm
It's been a long time since I posted mainly because I haven't done much apart from rip up the old layout and relay it.
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This is a schematic of the latest attempt. The junction plan is based, very loosely on Yelverton, Devon, the fictitious location moved further North and East. Like Chris in Prague I'm putting together an alternative history which connects Somerset with Cornwall as "trading partners"!
Photos to follow when I dust off the camera. There is so much junk everywhere it's almost impossible to see the track. :-[
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 04, 2015, 09:41:16 pm
The new loco coal wagons arrived today. Unfortunately in their rush to finish painting them they were given the same running number. Permission has been given to Durscombe Yard to renumber one of them.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/30/thumb_22417.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22417)

Cant Cove has sent a recently restored box van ladened with Cornish produce. The van is immaculate with beautiful red buffer beams and sparkling buffers.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/30/thumb_22414.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22414)  

A line up some wagons resting between duties!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/30/thumb_22415.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22415)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2015, 03:00:48 pm
Thanks for the photo. updates, Brian. Delighted to see that the various wagons and vans all arrived safely from various places, including Cant Cove and Penmayne. 8-)

A freshly painted cider van and wagon will also be on their way, soon. (A flu' epidemic has laid the Cant Cove painters low.)

The bogie Loco coal wagons will also be seen at Penmayne, Port Perran, and Weaver Cove carrying best Somerset steam coal for the locos. of the GWS at its various Cornish depots. 8-) SR Loco coal wagons, too, but at the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group depots at Cant Cove and Trepol Bay and, soon for the summer steam specials to Foxes Hole Halt?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on March 05, 2015, 06:58:19 pm
Thanks for the photo. updates, Brian. Delighted to see that the various wagons and vans all arrived safely from various places, including Cant Cove and Penmayne. 8-)

A freshly painted cider van and wagon will also be on their way, soon. (A flu' epidemic has laid the Cant Cove painters low.)

The bogie Loco coal wagons will also be seen at Penmayne, Port Perran, and Weaver Cove carrying best Somerset steam coal for the locos. of the GWS at its various Cornish depots. 8-) SR Loco coal wagons, too, but at the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group depots at Cant Cove and Trepol Bay and, soon for the summer steam specials to Foxes Hole Halt?
Hope the painters recover soon.
I suggest a sample of the produce of the Castle Brewery - should work wonders for flu !
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2015, 07:25:27 pm
With only some minor 'touching up' of paint to complete their work the painters are very frustrated that illness prevents them working and Thursday evening is Dart's Night at "The Station Hotel", too, and it's a local 'derby' versus the "Tramway Inn" down the road, too!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 11, 2015, 09:34:34 pm
The track laying is finished, subject to minor adjustments. Wiring now begins using the KISS principle. All my other attempts have been far too complex.
Here are a couple of photos of the track down.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/29/thumb_22686.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22686)
Withy junction. The branch is the third track from the left. The "main line" are the first two, the last a siding off the branch.



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/29/thumb_22687.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=22687)
Durscoombe branch. The end of the line. Behind the foam will be space to change cassettes representing the coal mines. The siding at the front will eventually have a creamery.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 12, 2015, 06:26:32 am
The Cant Cove Loco. Preservation Group's painters have been hard at work completing a new rake of wagons for traffic to Withy Junction and Durscombe. A request has been made for the official photographers to record the completed rake which is now scheduled to be taken to Wadebridge for onward transmission this Friday.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 11, 2015, 11:37:15 am
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20Withy%20Junction%20Sign_zpskbqrkf4k.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20Withy%20Junction%20Sign_zpskbqrkf4k.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 11, 2015, 11:39:52 am
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20Durscombe%20Sign_zpsqaru0ms5.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20Durscombe%20Sign_zpsqaru0ms5.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 13, 2015, 10:08:32 pm
It's way over time for an update. I have tried to simplify the layout as the locos were having problems wit a couple of points and a diamond crossing and the wiring.......... the least said the better!
Here is the new track diagram

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28668.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28668)

The track layout at Withy Jct. is based on Dymock on the old Daffodil Line and Durscombe on Stogumber on the West Somerset Heritage line. One of the reasons for choosing these stations is that there is an abundance of photos. Eventually there will be a Durscombe Sidings but more than likely a stand alone board but which will justify coal movements from the Somerset coal field. The line through Stogumber will end with cassettes as will the line in front and below. I then will have the option of going from A to B or just going round in circles. I feel at home doing that :laugh3:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28669.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28669)

An overview of Withy Jct. More to come on the control panel and the metal thing behind it.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28670.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28670)

Stogumber station. The dark wood cum plastic will be the cassette. http://stogumberstation.co.uk/ (http://stogumberstation.co.uk/) gives a lot of info. The lump of foam to the left hides the other cassette site.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_26058.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26058)

A cheap set of Chinese drawers serves to store my mixed collection of stock. It cost about GBP10 for the box and lining.
I need to take more photos to show the slow progress.
Back soon
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 14, 2015, 06:26:25 am
Good morning Brian, many thanks for the detailed update. It's always good to see a trackplan plus some photos. of progress.

Is their racehorse traffic to / from either station? (I will be spraypainting / handpainting a batch of Graham Farish (pre-BR) wooden bodied and Lima horseboxes in BR Crimson / Satin Black, later this year, like the pair I did this summer, and I think I should have a spare pair.)

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 14, 2015, 10:58:50 pm
A bit more progress. For point control I've used wire in tube. It's 1mm o/d and 0.6 i/d PTFE tube and 0.5mm piano wire. I use foam as the baseboard so the tubing is buried in the foam and covered with filler. Between the foam and the levers was a section that was unsupported. I got over this by bending code 80 rail to suit slid some heat shrink tubing over it and then passed the tube and wire through. A quick burst of heat and the tube was rigid. The photo below shows the idea with insulating tape holding things in place.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28678.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28678)

The frame was made of T-section aluminium  with 1mm holes drilled through and the tubing glued in. The levers are 4mm dia aluminium covered with heat shrink tubing. A 2mm hole was drilled through the rod then another down the centre. The wire was passed through, adjusted for length and glued in place.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/18/thumb_28677.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28677)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29347.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29347)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29348.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29348)
I think the photos explain better.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29346.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29346)
A busy moment at Withy Jct. The B set is on its way to Durscombe whilst the rail-car is heading South West. The blue wagons are waiting to be picked up to return empty to Cant Cove, the green ones are being retuned to Sam's Cider for reloading and a fast return to satisfy Cornish thirst! There is a possibility the siphon will be pressed into service too.
Now I must get down to some serious playing or should that be testing
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 15, 2015, 06:51:29 am
Many thanks for the updates, Brian. Good to see that trains are running. The photos. and explanations about the Wire in a Tube points operation were very interesting; alas, I do not think I have the technical capability to construct such a system so will have to resort to point motors for the fiddle yard. However, as my baseboard is sytrene sheet I can easily bury them. (In fact, in the fiddle yard it will be balsa wood on top of cork sheet on top of styrene sheet!)

A (very delayed) train of single and double bolster wagons is due to depart from the BR WR area through Claverdon bound for Cant Cove where they will be overhauled and repainted for the timber traffic from Withy Junction and Durscombe to Cant Cove, Penmayne, Port Perran and Trepol Bay. Some will be in sprayed BR Bauxite and some new "Castle Estates" blue.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 19, 2015, 10:14:14 pm
A first attempt at couple of very short videos to show that things do work!
I have a very old controller and coordination between right and left hand leaves a lot to be desired.  :-[
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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 19, 2015, 10:47:35 pm
Thanks for those videos, Brian. Nice to see the "Castle Estates" and "Sam's Cider" goods vehicles running well. There will be another shipment of wagons (mainly for timber traffic) but, probably in time for Christmas at the rate at which time is passing!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on September 20, 2015, 08:23:42 am
Great to see a bit of action Brian.
Looking good.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 22, 2015, 10:22:21 pm
A railcar arriving at Withy Jct.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29350.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29350)

Fixing down the road between Withy and Durscombe. Paint tins to the rescue!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29624.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29624)

The beginnings of land. I use aluminium mosquito mesh with cellulose filler but as an experiment I've used newspaper torn up with a cheap white glue. So far it seems ok. I'll cover it with a wash of plaster which accepts water colours better than cellulose filler.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/17/thumb_29625.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29625)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 23, 2015, 07:40:27 am
Thanks for the update photos., Brian. Very good to see significant progress being made. Keep it up. Scenery in place makes a tremendous difference in my opinion.

I am using acyrilic paint on top of tile grout (for plaster) applied over styrene packing pieces / blocks glued together with white PVA glue. However, newspaper torn up with a cheap white glue should also work. If you have any styrene packing pieces / blocks you can try those under newspaper strips.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on September 23, 2015, 08:07:43 pm
As Chris says, its great to see scenery starting to develop.
Please keep the updates coming so that we can keep a nosey eye on progress.

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: lil chris on September 23, 2015, 11:27:59 pm
Looking good there Mito, its nice to start work on the scenery.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 26, 2015, 10:21:02 pm
A little bit more done.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29731.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29731)
Marcus' Spring. The rocks are broken plaster covered by a layer of runny plaster brushed on.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29732.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29732)
Looking towards Withy. I found a packet of cement colourant and added some to cellulose filler. I put too much in so it looks like   well chocolate!
The rocks on the right were made from a home made mold using plaster of Paris.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29733.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29733)
More chocolate. The light colour is fine sawdust stuck down with wood glue. I don't know how successful it will be. Tomorrow will tell. I intend to paint it then sprinkle ground cover over it. An experiment.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29734.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29734)
Looking North out of Withy Jct, towards the spring.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 26, 2015, 10:45:08 pm
Looking good, Brian. Experiments are, usually, worth trying. The dark chocolate colour can always be overpainted. (A tin of cheap household acyrilic paint should be fine.) For Marcus' Spring you could try the method that Markus described (hence the name?) After a very detailed explanation by Markus, this is how I plan to finish the streams in the Cant Cove area: I have already modelled the stream bed with tile grout and styrene foam pieces, however, I need to repaint the stream bed with a suitable cloured acyrilic paint, I'm thinking pale grey rather than brown paint (as Markus used) instead of the current medium dark blue (I need to check some colour photos. of Cornish streams). Then I will apply white PVA glue (instead of scenic glue used by Markus) and sprinkle on different grades of dark brown Cornish sand and grey ballast for the stream bed. Next, I plan to apply more white PVA glue but diluted (Markus uses 70% Isopropyl alcohol and then Walthers scenic cement, but says that thinned white glue will do it too). The next day, or when the glue is dry, I plan to use a clear acrylic gel from an artist's supply shop (I know of such a shop, I just hope they have such gel), stippled on the stream bed. (I wonder if I can use it for the waterfalls?) Markus says that it should take about one day for the gel to dry. [An alternative is, as Martin does to excellent effect, to use layers of clear varnish but let each layer dry thoroughly before the next!]

For more realism I will then drybrush some white acyrilic paint on the top of the waves.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 27, 2015, 09:28:58 pm
Thanks for the info about making streams. I shall do something similar.  The reason for Marcus' Spring is in memory of my elder son who was killed as a passenger in a car accident some 15 years ago. It's as my pseudo-name here. In memory of the most loyal dog I have ever had. He was poisoned  by a "hunter" but was saved by our vet but had to be put down 2 years later with advanced leukemia caused by the poisoning. It keeps them alive in my mind.
I did a little more today but not enough to photograph. The "chocolate" doesn't look too bad now it's dry and with ground cover over it, it will hardly be seen. The sawdust was experiment was not a success, plan B now ???
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 27, 2015, 09:32:50 pm
Thanks for the update and explanation, Brian. VERY sorry indeed to read about your son and dog. On a (MUCH) lighter note, at least you tried the sawdust.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on September 30, 2015, 10:31:23 pm
A bit more progress, now with a bit of colour.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29886.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29886)
It's impossible to see the spring. I have to hold the camera over the layout. The rocks are plaster on which I've used watercolours as the plaster absorbs the paint and it's easier to blend in different colours.
the tint I used in the cellulose filler was for cement based products. It's worked but can be rubbed off so a coat of acrylic paint seals it.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29885.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29885)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29884.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29884)
The bridge is made. I have to make the bridge supports and it will be put in when the painting is finished.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 01, 2015, 10:15:59 am
That's looking very good indeed, Brian :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 01, 2015, 02:47:41 pm
Excellent progress, Brian. You're now definitely ahead of me and likely to get even further ahead as I won't have any major free time until the Christmas holidays.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 02, 2015, 09:47:28 pm
A couple more.
Waiting for collection.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29954.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29954)


Waiting for motive power to take them South to Cornwall
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_29955.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=29955)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on October 03, 2015, 08:18:10 am
That's all looking very good indeed Brian. Excellent progress and I'm looking forward to more photos.
Great stuff.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 03, 2015, 10:47:37 am
You're well ahead of me now, Brian, with your scenery and it is all looking very realistic. I look forward to further progress. A short rake of single and double (LWB) timber wagons has, finally, arrived at Cant Cove for repainting: half in BR Late Bauxite and half in the new "Castle Estates" blue livery but there will be a delay before work can commence. Once completed they will join the rake of wagons and vans (minus the "Sam's Cider" van as you already have one to represent 'through' workings) stored at Cant Cove awaiting onward shipment to Somerset. I see you have one of the pre-BR wooden bodied horseboxes but in an unusual grey livery) so racehorse specials between Somerset and North & West Cornwall be a possibility. A Lima horsebox in BR Crimson and Satin Black will also be on its way when I have time to repaint the recent arrivals. Thans to John all the Lima horseboxes have had new, better looking wheelsets fitted.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 03, 2015, 08:59:22 pm
Thank you all. What you see there is less than a m2. There are at least 5 or 6 m2 to do :(
I have 3 horse boxes bought years ago. I can paint them to match yours. The one you can see is dark olive in colour.What colour do you use to paint Sam's Cider wagons? I'd like to paint a couple more to satisfy demand from the South East.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 03, 2015, 09:16:20 pm
Thank you all. What you see there is less than a m2. There are at least 5 or 6 m2 to do :(
I have 3 horse boxes bought years ago. I can paint them to match yours. The one you can see is dark olive in colour. What colour do you use to paint "Sam's Cider" wagons? I'd like to paint a couple more to satisfy demand from the South East.


The Graham Farish pre-BR wooden bodied horseboxes are painted BR Crimson (a car spraypaint: Ford burgundy red) with satin black (Humbrol enamel) ends and internal glazing (transparent plastic sheet) added. As I'm going to paint another batch in the holidays I could do your three, too? The "Sam's Cider" vans and wagons are painted Humbrol enamel Gloss 2. I'm happy to paint more in the holidays.

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Both horse box bodies were spraypainted in BR Crimson. (The GF one had, first, very carefully, had all the gold removed and then was spraypainted Halford's matt red undercoat. Now used up, alas.) The Lima one's chassis was spraypainted satin black. The ends were painted in satin black. The Lima one's roof was left in its original colour. The GF one was spraypainted (I think) medium grey. (I have a pile of roofs and I just selected this one.)

I have since exchanged the Lima one's wheels for slimmer profile GF coach ones and fitted glazing inside the GF one after painting the interior matt dark grey to reduce the translucence of the maroon plastic body (it was bought as a LMS one), and repainted the buffers at one end of the GF one. Once the interior of the Lima horse box had been completed the circular holes on the ends were filled with Tamiya Filler then, once it had dried, sanded and the ends repainted in satin black. The Lima horse box has also had the body put on the right way since the photos. were taken so that the steps are at the correct end! Finally, suitable transfers still need to be added. However, I only have XP ones in yellow. Are there any transfer sheets available for non-BR Standard horse boxes?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 11, 2015, 10:16:03 pm
An up date on Marcus' Spring. Not a good photo I'm afraid. I need to gloss the river add some trees and it should be just about finished. The road on the right is 1000 grit wet and dry still to be toned down. The track is covered with masking tape as I want to give the foliage a coating of hair spray tomorrow.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_30309.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30309)

Papier machťe covering mosquito netting for the hill and polyurethane foam for the other contours.
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I came across a couple of boxes of Woodland Scenics Sculptamold which must be about 20 years old. I've used a bit to see if it's still good. Tomorrow will tell. There will be a halt there, name to be decided.
 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/16/thumb_30311.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=30311)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 11, 2015, 10:39:44 pm
Very good progress, Brian. I hope that the Woodland Scenics Sculptamold is still good.

The CLPG and GWS Cornwall members hope that the tracks will be clear for their special train which has set out from Cornwall! 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on October 12, 2015, 08:30:49 am
Great progress there Brian.
Thanks for the photographs.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 12, 2015, 10:08:59 pm
The autocoaches almost at Withy Jct. Sam's Cider van was taken off at Durscombe and the 14XX coupled up between the coaches so views along the track could be seen by more people. Having stopped at Durscombe for a guided tour around Sam's Cider  there were rumors that there were four sets of rails but there was no consensus of opinion as there was difficulty counting more than one.
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At Withy Jct. The train is empty as the members of CLPG have gone to make more room for more beverages at the local hostelry as they feel a little thirsty.
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Returning back to Cornwall. While the group was exploring the delights of Withy a mixed goods under control of a class 42 has picked up San's Cider van which will be left at Durscombe Sidings and is in the process of coupling up a coach destined for Cant Cove. The van will be quickly loaded and sent back to Cornwall with the best of Somerset
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Durscombe Sidings has a depository and warehouse for the local  businesses and is an interchange point.
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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 12, 2015, 11:26:59 pm
Many thanks for the nice photos., Brian. Good to see that the Cornish Locomotive Preservation Group (CLPG) and GWS Cornwall members safely arrived in their autocoaches and have enjoyed their visit to "Sam's Cider" sales of which are steadily increasing so the CLPG has won a contract to source, overhaul, and repaint some surplus Single Vent Vans in the "Sam's Cider" green. The Wadebridge yardmaster has been making enquiries across British Railways to source the vans and have them sent to Cant Cove. Many of the vans will be travelling through the WR's Birmingham Area along with some other rolling stock sourced for Withy Junction and Durscombe plus horseboxes.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on October 19, 2015, 09:43:12 pm
A little more progress.
I had some Woodlands Scenics Sculptamold left over from a project 20 years ago! It had lost its glue so I added some cellulose filler and wood glue. It appears to have set well. It's painted in watercolours and is an experiment for close-up photos. It needs some undergrowth added but I'm quite pleased with the result.
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An overall view of phase two, now in colour. It was painted in acrylics bought from the local Chinese shop. Not good quality but sufficient for this.The tunnel mouth is yet to be painted then it can be incorporated. The front embankment needs finishing and the bottom right hand corner is waiting a rock face.
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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 19, 2015, 09:51:21 pm
Looking very good, Brian. A very nice use of colours in a highly realistic way. Something I plan to do, next summer!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on October 20, 2015, 07:49:38 am
Very nice scenic work there Brian and as Chris says, great colours.
Martin
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Newportnobby on October 20, 2015, 09:20:59 am
That looks super, Brian :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 08, 2015, 09:36:41 pm
A little more progress.

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I bought a kit from Serious Play. They do a monthly kit of various scenic material and this included some trees and static grass which I've never used before. I have made my own applicator from an electronic fly swat so I'm waiting for an opportunity to use it. I could do with some Wookey trees.

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The start of ballasting and a long way to go :worried:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 08, 2015, 09:41:00 pm
Very nice work, Brian. I only hope that my ballasting will look as good. When I get a GWR livery GWR diesel railcar model (maybe, next year) it will pay a 'visit' from Cant Cove and Penmayne. 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on November 08, 2015, 09:43:53 pm
Good work there Brian.
It's all starting to look the part.
I rather like that railcar in choc/cream livery. Mine is green.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: lil chris on November 09, 2015, 12:30:57 am
Nice work there with the scenery its looking good
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Bealman on November 09, 2015, 02:21:14 am
Coming along nicely.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 09, 2015, 11:36:48 am
A BR SR 'N' Class 2-6-0 takes a train of four restored LMSR Livery Suburban coaches on the first stage of their journey to Withy Junction, Somerset.

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A long goods train for Withy Junction arrives at Cant Cove, behind another 'N'.

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A second goods train begins its journey to Somerset behind the CLPG's restored "Battle of Britain" class loco. "Huuricane".

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It is hoped that, in due course, there will be a photo. of their arrival.

A further special goods train is scheduled for next month plus a visit by the N. & W. Cornwall members of the CLPG and GWS in their preserved GWR Livery B Set with an old Mainline Brake end coach in BR Crimson & Cream borrowed from Wadebridge Yard's standby stock.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 09, 2015, 05:27:19 pm
I wait with anticipation! :)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 16, 2015, 08:34:39 pm
The Wadebridge yardmaster has been informed that all four trains to Withy Junction, Somerset have arrived safely, two goods, one ECS (LMS livery Suburban coaches) and one special passenger train.

The GWS (Bodmin)'s "Manor" departs from Cant Cove with the special through passenger train to Withy Junction conveying members of the CLPG and GWS in Cornwall together with local dignitaries to celebrate the joining of Somerset to the program of seasonal special trains and events first organised in in Cornwall. (Not all the carriages were actually in use as this is, mainly, an ECS move. The train of WR Chocolate & Cream BR Standard coaches is formed of a CK, FK (the 1st class accommodation containing the local 'bigwigs'), SK, SO, and BSK (these containing the CLPG and GWS members with the SO laid out for dining with food and drinks supplied from the guard's compartment, whilst the local worthies have to 'make do' with premium picnic hampers supplied by "The Station Hotel", Cant Cove).

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[The SO and BSK are the same ex-set pair of carriages owned by both John, Claverton, and Chris, Cant Cove & Penmayne, so they can work 'through' in future trains.]

Pictures of the trains' arrival at Withy Junction are awaited in due course. 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 20, 2015, 06:46:58 pm
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Local dignitaries and members of the CLPG almost at Withy Jct. One more stop and they will be able to sample the delights of Sam's Cider.

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A B-set waits the arrival of the "Cornwall Express".
 
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A rake of LMS suburban stock headed by an Ivatt 2-6-0 on a local stopping service. Next stop Durscombe.

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The arrival of the daily goods from Cornwall.

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Due to heavy traffic an extra from Cornwall passing Squire's Halt en route to Durscombe.

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An overall view of a rather naked Withy Jct.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 20, 2015, 07:39:43 pm
Many thanks for those photos., Brian. Delighted to see that the two passenger and two goods trains all arrived safely in Somerset from Cornwall. I'm sure the passengers on the special through passenger train to Withy Junction conveying members of the CLPG and GWS in Cornwall, together with local dignitaries, will be enjoying a special buffet and cider sampling at the cider works of "Sam's Cider".
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: johnlambert on November 21, 2015, 01:27:53 pm
Great to see the various new wagons and coaches on your layout.  The suburban coaches look right at home behind your Ivatt 2-6-0.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 21, 2015, 09:28:26 pm
In view of the great reception that the two passenger and two goods trains have received at Withy Junction and Durscombe, the Wadebridge yardmaster has been consulting with members of the Cornish Locomotive Preservation Group (CLPG) and the Great Western Society (Cornish branches). The local GWS have, in turn, been talking to their good friends in the West Midlands who have been talking to their LMR friends . . . The result is that some more special goods trains of BR, GWR and LMS stock are scheduled for departure from Cant Cove, next month, for Somerset, after inspection. However, their are rumours that a special GWR goods train is already being prepared in the West Midlands . . . The "Castle Estates", Cant Cove, are scheduling more timber trains including to / from Somerset and the CLPG have been contracted to prepare rakes of single- and double-bolster wagons in both new "Castle Estates" blue and BR Late Bauxite which are scheduled for completion, next month, along with two more Single Vent vans and a 7-plank wagon in "Sam's Cider" green. However, as the CLPG also have a rake of horse boxes of two different designs to complete in BR Crimson & Satin Black livery, next month, the painters are rather busy, at present! The advent of very cold weather, next week, has delayed completion of the painting but warmer weather is expected thereafter.
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Post by: port perran on November 22, 2015, 07:45:48 pm
Thanks for the pictures Brian.
Looking very promising for through running from Cornwall to Somerset and beyond.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 23, 2015, 01:01:38 pm
A two-coach special train from Penmayne to Withy Junction, chartered by members of the CLPG and GWS invited to help setup the proposed Mid-Somerset Railway Preservation Society, and running in a goods train path, is seen departing Cant Cove en route to Wadebridge where the "Castle Brewery" and "Headland Brewery" vans will be removed for forwarding to Trepol Bay and Port Perran with the week's beer deliveries from the "Castle Brewery", whilst the "Headland Brewery" van has the empties from the previous week. At Wadebridge more members will join the train having come up by a special connecting train from Trepol Bay and Port Perran. The WR ex-ER Gresley design Buffet Car will be removed at Exeter leaving just the two WR carriages and the "Sam's Cider" van, again, with the preceding week's empties, to work through to Withy Junction behind local steam power.

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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 23, 2015, 01:22:25 pm
The landlord of the "Durscombe Arms", Sidney Ambrose, having already arranged a follow-up meeting, a special train from Cornwall is, as you can see, above, on its way to provide advice from CLPG and GWS members on how to form a Mid-Somerset Railway group and, later, a Mid-Somerset Railway Preservation Society. The members will be thirsty and hungry when they arrive as their Buffet Car will be removed at Exeter as the WR needs it. Unfortunately, the 'Chelsea Girls' are on tour promoting the Cornish Christmas events so there was no-one to stock the guard's compartment of the train with further supplies after the removal of the Buffet Car before leaving Devon (that coach had been stocked up by the staff of "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, though). Unfortunately, weekend engineering work in the area of Trepol Bay had prevented the arrival of the usual share of on board supplies from the "Railway Hotel", Trepol Bay.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 23, 2015, 06:32:40 pm
Sidney Ambrose is having his work cut out now organizing the forthcoming special train. He has decided that as he has a marquee that's used for special events at the Durscombe Arms, he will bring it down to Withy Jct to set up at the station as at the moment there are few facilities there. He is trying to arrange a"guardsvan ride" up and down the long siding and has made enquiries as to the possibility of running an auto-coach to and from Withy Jct to Durscombe. Local dignitary has been invited. The success that North Cornwall is having is stimulating great interest. Sidney, a man of many connections, thinks he can persuade a group of models called the "Bristol Beauties" to come and help. Confirmation is expected shortly. 
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on November 23, 2015, 07:02:01 pm
The directors at the Headland Brewery at Trepol Bay are keen to support the formation of a Mid Somereset Railway Group.
Unfortunately as mentioned engineering work between Trepol Bay and Wadebridge has meant that supplies of ale from Headland Brewery could not be loaded onto the special train from Cornwall.
Very keen to lend support the Directors have (at VERY short notice) arranged for a special supply of Headland Ales to be made available to Sidney Ambrose in his marquee at Withy Junction.
After negotiations with BR(W) a special train will run to Withy Jct via Chacewater and Truro and then up to Exeter and on to Somereset.
Due to the VERY short notice there were insufficient Headland Brewery wagons available and so a van and a wagon in Castle Brewery livery were requisitioned along with a Sam's Cider van  to supplement the 2 Headland vans available.
The special train is pictured leaving Trepol Bay behind a GW liveried 45XX prarie :
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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 23, 2015, 09:29:53 pm
It sounds like a very busy time is ahead at Withy Junction. Fortunately the 'Chelsea Girls' are on tour with their Mercedes Christmas van, at present, so the 'Bristol Beauties' will not face any competition!

The "Castle Brewery' is very busy producing extra beer for the coming Christmas and New Year period to ensure that all the local licensed premises are fully stocked but managed to send a couple of barrels of "Castle Ale" in the guard's compartment of the special train, namely, one of Castle Brewery Old Strong Winter Ale (ABV - 5.5%) and one of Christmas Ale (ABV 7%). However, both these prize-winning ales will need some days to settle and the Christmas Ale will not be in peak form until the beginning of December. The guard's compartment did also contain the last few crates of Castle Pale, Brown and Imperial bottled ales that the visitors had been keeping back for the return trip but, selflessly, voted to give their hosts to sample, along with a large wicker basket of the North Cornwall Pasty Co's fine pasties and special mince pies (the fruit is pre-soaked in port and brandy). However, the visitors have heard that, in addition to the cider works there is also a local brewery in the area with Somerset ales worth sampling?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 23, 2015, 09:50:43 pm
A BR SR CCT is being prepared at Trepol Bay and then Cant Cove to be filled with local food and drink to be sent off to Exeter on a through train where the loaded CCT will wait for attachment to the special train on its homeward journey. Whilst the loco. is changed at Exeter the passengers will transfer as much food and drink into the guard's compartment as possible to make up for the Cornish food and drink they have left for their Somerset hosts and friends. Already there is talk of sending a similar CCT to Withy Junction before Christmas with best Cornish produce.
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Post by: Mito on November 23, 2015, 09:57:40 pm
Yes, I forgot in the rush to get things organized, the Durscombe Arms sells Creech Real Ales, well noted in Somerset. Amongst the favorites is Creech Special, a beer with a kick and Pheasant Red. As the name suggests, a deep ruby beer.
I think this meeting will be well provided for both in liquid refreshment and food. I understand that some typical Somerset cuisine will be provided too. :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 23, 2015, 10:09:26 pm
I think some barrels of Creech Ales will be returning in the guard's compartment!

There were red faces at Wadebridge as it was belatedly discovered that a "Castle Estates" van and open wagon had been sent urgently to Trepol Bay instead of the darker blue "Castle Brewery" ones that had been requested for the special train to Withy Junction. However, the mistake is understandable as there are no spare "Castle Brewery" vans, Conflat Containers, or wagons as they are being loaded at the brewery with the pre-Christmas orders.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 27, 2015, 01:51:44 pm
The mother of the youngest shunter at Wadebridge has given the Yardmaster a piece of her mind for telling off her son for sending "Castle Estates" vehicles instead of "Castle Brewery" ones to Trepol Bay, that week. "If the signwriter at Cant Cove spent less time in the "Tramway Inn" perhaps them wagons and vans would've 'ad names on thur sides by now!"
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 27, 2015, 05:57:37 pm
Not been too good these past few days. Hopefully photos will appear over the weekend.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 27, 2015, 06:16:06 pm
Not been too good these past few days. Hopefully photos will appear over the weekend.

Understood, Brian. We've had flurries of snow, here. I hope your weather improves, soon. Due to increasing goods traffic with Withy Junction and Durscome, a pair of extra BR Standard brake vans plus more Conflats with a variety of Containers are on their way to Wadebridge for inspection before forwarding to Withy Junction.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 27, 2015, 06:29:20 pm
The General Manager of the "Castle Brewery" is arranging for a box van to be dispatched to Durscombe to collect some casks of Creech Somerset Ales' Creech Special, a beer with a kick and Red Pheasant to add to the mini beer festival to be held in "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove, as part of the Christmas celebrations. The arriving box van will contain a selection of the most popular ales from the "Castle Brewery", in return.

The Chairman of the Board of the Creech Brewery has been invited to join the alliance of the "Castle Brewery" and "Headland Brewery" to resist the march of Whitbread into the West Country by taking shareholdings in each others' breweries and marketing a selection of their most popular ales in their outlets. The owner of "Sam's Cider" has also been formally invited to join the trading alliance. A Directors' Special from Trepol Bay and Cant Cove to Durscombe is being planned formed of 1st class only carriages and a kitchen-buffet car. The Head Chefs of "The Railway Hotel", Cant Cove and the "Railway Hotel", Trepol Bay, have been booked to provide the meals on the onward and return journeys having tossed a coin to see which chef catered which part of the trip.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on November 27, 2015, 08:58:20 pm
As part of the Christmas Celebrations in Cornwall, a special Christmas Real Ale Festival is being planned in Truro.
It is expected that the Creech Brewery along with Sam's Cider will be invited to supply guest ales and ciders.
The Head Brewer at the Headland Brewery is reported to be creating a special ale (rumoured to be called Rudolph Ale) which will be launched at the festival.
It is also widely anticipated that the Castle Brewery will also be releasing details of a new ale.

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 28, 2015, 12:10:55 pm
As part of the Christmas Celebrations in Cornwall, a special Christmas Real Ale Festival is being planned in Truro.
It is expected that the Creech Brewery along with Sam's Cider will be invited to supply guest ales and ciders.
The Head Brewer at the Headland Brewery is reported to be creating a special ale (rumoured to be called Rudolph Ale) which will be launched at the festival.
It is also widely anticipated that the Castle Brewery will also be releasing details of a new ale.

The Head Brewer of the Castle Brewery, Cant Cove, has been highly impressed by the excellent Somerset Ales of the Creech Brewery and is already an admirer of the Headland Brewery's excellent characterful brews. The "Castle Ales" range already comprises: Castle Brewery Bitter (B), Mild, Best Bitter (BB), IPA, and Strong (XXX) draught beers as well as Mild, Pale, Brown and Old Strong (6% ABV) bottled ales. Additionally, it distributes an excellent imported Alsace lager bier: Kronenbourg, advertised as being served from a Ďcontainerí. For the Winter season the brewery brews its Old Strong Winter Ale (ABV - 5.5%) and for sale in December only, its Christmas Ale (ABV 7%) as it has spare capacity following the peak summer season when demand is highest for its award-winning Bitter (B), Mild, Best Bitter (BB), and IPA ales, and imported Kronenbourg.

However, inspired by his colleagues, the Head Brewer has been studying dusty old brewery recipe books in the "Castle Brewery" archive and believes that he has come up with a beer which will both fill a gap in the brewery's product line and that of the alliance breweries which also do not produce a beer of the type he has in mind. (The head brewer had been intending to brew a Red Ale in the old Irish style until he saw and greatly enjoyed the Creech Brewery's Red Pheasant ale.) Accordingly, he is planning to send a firkin (9 gallons, 41.59 litres) to the brewery Directors' Christmas Dinner, a kilderkin (18 imperial gallons, approx. 81.83 litres) to Trevelver Castle and a barrel (36 imperial gallons, approx. 163.66 litres) to the Truro Christmas Ale Festival. However, the name and type of the beer will be kept secret until he is completely satisfied with the first test brew which is just about to come into peak condition. Accordingly, next week, a specially invited group of CLPG and GWS members will be invited to the brewery's sampling room after signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement! After the Head Brewer has assessed their opinions a pin (equal to half a firkin; 4.5 imp gal or 20 litres) of the new brew will be sent by rail to Trepol Bay and Withy Junction, in the care of the guard on a suitable passenger train, to gain his trusted colleagues' opinion.
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Post by: Mito on November 28, 2015, 06:20:56 pm
The good people of Withy and Durscombe I think lead a much slower pace of life than their counterparts in Cornwall! They are still arranging the first meet-up. Sidney Ambrose is up to his eyes in work as the help he wanted, the "Bristol Beauties" are not available as they are fully booked until after the New Year. It is hoped that all will be in place by tomorrow and that photos will be forthcoming.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 28, 2015, 06:33:40 pm
Lady Penelope of Trevelver Castle, supported by Lord Trevelver and their daughter, Sylvia, has had a galvanising effect on Cornwall, Brian. Thanks to her efforts everyone of any importance from the 'highest to the lowest' in the Duchy is doing their best to support the Alliance for Cornwall's Railways and to boost the tourist trade so that the area appeals to gourmets and not only those seeking sun, sea and ... sand! 8-) [This Christmas's Cant Cove story will reveal more!]

The Directors of the Castle and Headland Breweries are very impressed with the ales of the Creech Brewery and are determined to keep it out of the clutches of Whitbread!

[Seriously, when you have time to post photos. of the trains' arrival that's fine. We will be posting photos. when we have time, too, so there may well be delays between trains departing and arriving on our threads, too.]
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 29, 2015, 10:00:10 am
Rumours are spreading that [next year] 1965 should see some very special events in the West Country in general and, especially Cornwall, featuring both diesel and steam power of great interest, from both the WR and SR, which will attract enthusiast specials from far afield.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 29, 2015, 06:29:27 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/11/thumb_32455.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=32455)

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Two overall views of the meet-up at Withy Jct. Sidney Ambrose had already brought down the supply of Creech beers, Sam's Cider being brought down by rail. The marquee was full to capacity of local and visiting dignitaries, local interested people and members of the CPLG and the GWS and there was a serious risk of running dry! It is thought that interested parties from afar afield as Bristol and Swindon attended.The "Guards Van" special was well used, especially by visitors children. The auto coach made several trips up to Durscombe. Brisk sales were recorded at Durscombe's off licence.


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The special seen leaving Withy Jct. heading back to Cornwall with some tired but happy members and visitors. A couple of Sam's Cider wagons were attached to cater for the increase in consumption in Cornwall and also two Castle Estates returning empty after delivering Cornish produce to Somerset.


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Spotted later that evening, a mixed goods heading South. Noticeable was the ferry van filled with Sam's Cider and Creech beers to be sent to France. Also in some of the other vans were various types of Somerset fare including, in the refrigerated van, samples of Cheddar cheeses made by Somerset Small Enterprises.
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Post by: port perran on November 29, 2015, 06:36:32 pm
Thanks for those pictures Brian.
Good to see some familiar wagons in deepest Somerset. The layout is coming along very nicely indeed.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on November 29, 2015, 06:51:30 pm
Seconded, Brian! Many thanks, too, for the photos. of the trains. Next month, I hope, there will be a few more brake vans for the brake van specials and 'through' goods trains. The marquee looks excellent.

I'm sure the CLPG and GWS members had a very enjoyable time and that "Sam's Cider" will become even better known in Cornwall than it already is!

The ferry van, filled with "Sam's Cider" and Creech beers going to France, shows that the French know good cider and beer when they taste it! (However, the cider is, not, I expect bound for Brittany! 8-) )

I have a Graham Farish BR Maroon "Warship" so that can also run 'through' (we can pretend that it is then replaced by your Minitrix one after 'failing' at Withy Junction).

I also have a GF GWR livery 61XX but as it is away for DCC-fitting (and a low priority) it  cannot run 'through' for a while. (However, locos. can be, and are, changed en route.)

When I next prepare a batch of vans for Martin to finish, perhaps, some PO wagons and vans will also appear from West Cornwall? I can also prepare some in Creech Brwery livery?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 02, 2015, 09:46:38 pm
My apologies, Brian. I've been too busy plus we have had no sun, to take a photo. of the returning special passenger train and the goods train arriving at Cant Cove. I hope to, next week.

The Wadebridge yardmaster is expecting some special goods trains to arrive the week after next with wagons and vans for forwarding to Withy Junction but is awaiting confirmation from the WR Birmingham Area Control Office. The Wadebridge yardmaster wants to get the trains off to Somerset before the 21st to leave paths for the Christmas Season Special trains.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 03, 2015, 06:40:05 pm
When I next prepare a batch of vans for Martin to finish, perhaps, some PO wagons and vans will also appear from West Cornwall? I can also prepare some in Creech Brwery livery?

That would be a good idea. A deep burgundy or purple? I'll try and knock up a logo, time permitting.

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on December 03, 2015, 06:53:26 pm
The photographer for the Cornwall Railway Group has taken photos of a number of trains bound in the direction of Withy Junction.
Pictures can be found on the Trepol Bay thread.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 03, 2015, 08:46:57 pm
The photographer for the Cornwall Railway Group has taken photos of a number of trains bound in the direction of Withy Junction.
Pictures can be found on the Trepol Bay thread.

Already seen thanks. I think "overnight" is a little optimistic! The following day? :)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on December 03, 2015, 08:49:27 pm
The photographer for the Cornwall Railway Group has taken photos of a number of trains bound in the direction of Withy Junction.
Pictures can be found on the Trepol Bay thread.

Already seen thanks. I think "overnight" is a little optimistic! The following day? :)
Happy with that. Next day will be fine.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 03, 2015, 09:55:18 pm
"Time is relative", as the good Doctor would say! 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 08, 2015, 06:04:59 pm
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Arriving from Trepol Bay. As it was a stopping goods it lost and gained wagons en route but seen here heading for Durscombe. The Tardis factor accounts for the apparent late arrival!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 08, 2015, 06:09:20 pm
Thanks for this nice photo., Brian. I still need to take photos. of the train from Withy Junction passing through Cant Cove on its way to Penmayne.

When you've time, would you, please, take a photo. of all your BR livery wagons and vans so that I can see what you have for 'through' running?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 08, 2015, 06:21:37 pm
Will do. Doubtful before the weekend. It all depends on the results on Thursday.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on December 08, 2015, 06:51:29 pm
Thanks for those photos of the Trepol Bay train arriving at Withy Jct Brian.
Looks good indeed.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 08, 2015, 07:04:22 pm
Will do. Doubtful before the weekend. It all depends on the results on Thursday.

Many thanks, Brian. I understand. No hurry. I don't think you have a Peco BR Grey 'Plate' or BR Bauxite 'Pipe' wagon?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 08, 2015, 09:17:57 pm
Off hand I don't think so but I'll check tomorrow. I think you have photos of all the stock I have as of mid Nov. If not I can send them to you.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 08, 2015, 09:34:50 pm
Off hand I don't think so but I'll check tomorrow. I think you have photos of all the stock I have as of mid Nov. If not I can send them to you.

Thanks, Brian. Yes, you did send me photos of all the stock you had as of mid Nov. I don't think you have any BR open wagons except a mineral wagon or two? But, a photo. of all your BR stock would make a good 'through' train as others are likely yo be able to match it?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 08, 2015, 09:51:20 pm
Off hand I don't think so but I'll check tomorrow. I think you have photos of all the stock I have as of mid Nov. If not I can send them to you.

Thanks, Brian. Yes, you did send me photos of all the stock you had as of mid Nov. I don't think you have any BR open wagons except a mineral wagon or two? But, a photo. of all your BR stock would make a good 'through' train as others are likely yo be able to match it?

I'll get one made up tomorrow.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 09, 2015, 08:17:14 am
Thanks, Brian. We can then all see what wagons and vans we can use in 'through' trains.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 09, 2015, 09:47:57 pm
An experiment using Vimeo.Click on the blue below. Anyone know how to place the video on the thread?

Local Frome to Bath on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/148412473)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Caz on December 09, 2015, 10:22:30 pm
Afraid Vimeo doesn't let you properly embed video as it wants you to visit their website, that's the beauty of YouTube, you can embed a video.   ;)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 09, 2015, 10:41:55 pm
Thanks for the videos, Brian.

Rather late, the official photograph of the returning special from Withy Junction makes it's last but one stop, at Cant Cove, on its way back to Penmayne. The tail load of a "Sam's Cider" van and wagon, both full of casks of cider, followed by a "Castle Estates" Container on a BR Conflat and a "Castle Estates" Single Vent van returning with Somerset agricultural produce and some casks of "Creech Brewery" ales will be detached here and taken up the Castle branch.

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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 09, 2015, 10:44:46 pm
Afraid Vimeo doesn't let you properly embed video as it wants you to visit their website, that's the beauty of YouTube, you can embed a video.   ;)

I wondered afterwards if that was the case. I'm not too enamored with all things Google but I think I'll go back simply for ease of posting.
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Post by: Mito on December 14, 2015, 08:45:17 pm
Back Story
Withy Jct.
and
Durscombe.


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There were many branch lines that criss-crossed Somerset. The S&D is well documented. The North Somerset Railway ran from Bristol to Frome and connected with the GWR Paddington Taunton main line. The North Somerset crossed under the S&D at Radstock. Slightly further South  on the NSR was a South facing junction near Hallatrow. From here the line went to Camerton in the Somerset coal field. The Somerset Coal Canal began here to connect to the Kennet & Avon nearer Bath. The canal closed at the beginning of the C20th. The last mine closed in 1973.
That was the reality, now starts the fiction.
Withy Jct. represents  Hallatrow, and Durscombe, Camerton. The junction allows access both to the North and South. From Durscombe the line runs to Bath. The coal field is still working producing high quality coal equal to that produced in South Wales. There is now a connection near Radstock with the S&D. Because of the single line working from Bath to Midford the line through Durscombe is used as a relief line.
Because of reduced transport costs Somerset coal is sent to the South West. Local breweries, businesses and cider makers have benefited too from the retention and upgrading of the local lines. The formation of the Mid- Somerset Preservation Society is playing a vital role in helping preserve the local lines by organizing various meets with other preservation societies. It is actively looking for premises to store and renovate stock for use on specials throughout the area. Thanks must go to Sidney Ambrose, owner of the Durscombe Arms, for his stalwart work to date. He has been lucky to have the assistance of the owner of Creech Brewery, William Mortell. Thanks also must also go to the MP for Mid Somerset Sir Arnold Searle-Hardy, himself a believer in the maintenance of the railway network in Britain.


I think that this story will give plenty of opportunity to use Rule 1!
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Post by: port perran on December 14, 2015, 08:57:30 pm
Thanks for the back story Brian. It gives an insight into the area which is one I know reasonably well having lived in Trowbridge for 47 years.
I know the old Somerset Coal canal (or the tiny bit of it that remains) and where it joins the K&A Canal.
I'm also familiar with the remaining collieries in the area (inc Writhlington which still used steam , I think, into the very early 70s).
The position of Withy Jct gives plenty of scope for operation including trains to and from the South West (Cant Cove and Trepol Bay amongst others) and with the Midlands (Claverdon etc).
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 14, 2015, 10:09:33 pm
Somerset is not a part of the country I know well so any comments on how to improve the back story are welcome.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 15, 2015, 06:46:26 am
Thanks, Brian. Good to read that the locals are supporting their railways in a very effective way. The MP for Mid Somerset, Sir Arnold Searle-Hardy is, of course, a good friend of Lord and Lady Trevelver of Trevelver Castle, Cant Cove.

I agree with Martin, the position of Withy Jct gives plenty of scope for operation including trains to and from the South West (Cant Cove and Trepol Bay amongst others in Cornwall) and with Bristol (Wookery), the West Midlands (Claverdon etc).

The Cornish Locomotive Preservation Group (CLPG) and the Great Western Society are both very happy to give support to the the Mid-Somerset Preservation Society, whilst the Alliance for West Country Breweries is very pleased to welcome the "Creech Brewery" and, as an associate, "Sam's Cider".

Further goods and passenger services to this area of Somerset are being planned.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 15, 2015, 09:28:47 pm
Sam's Cider and Creech Ales logos for the dedicated wagons. The names will spread far and wide throughout Britain and France :claphappy:

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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 15, 2015, 09:38:40 pm
Very nice, Brian. The "Sam's Cider" logo will look good on the apple green wagons and vans. After the logos (from transfers) are fixed the whole model can be sprayed with matt varnish.

The "Creech Ales" logo is very attractive, too. I hope I will have time, over the break to find the right aerosol paint colour to compliment it.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 19, 2015, 09:42:39 am
Plans are already being discussed, in Cornwall, for an enthusiasts' special train (if not BR Maroon Mark 1s, maybe Gresley-designed stock in BR Lined Maroon?), with full catering on board, of course, next summer, to run to Perthshire, to visit the Perthshire Railway Preservation Society, with an overnight stop in the West Midlands. It is hoped that an LNER locomotive, perhaps a preserved one, will take over from the WR one for part of the journey beyond the West Country, at least. The members of the Cornish Loco. Preservation Group and the Great Western Society are keen to see something different. Accordingly, they have invited their friends and colleagues from the Mid-Somerset Preservation Society to join them, via a connecting train to / from Exeter. The Alliance of West Country Breweries are going to send samples of their most popular ales plus "Sam's Cider" from Somerset with the train (naturally, with supplies for the passengers, too) and are hoping to negotiate a sampling visit and a trading agreement with a local (Perthshire) malt whisky distillery.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 19, 2015, 08:52:35 pm
A long goods train, having left Penmayne, passes through Cant Cove on its way to Withy Junction and Durscombe behind one of Bodmin's 45XX 2-6-2Ts.

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Behind the loco. are: a [Minitrix] mineral wagon, a [(repainted) Lima] one, an Esso and a SHELL BP tank wagon, a "Fyffes" banana van which had been through the carriage washer, a BR Bauxite 'Tube' wagon, a BR Bauxite pallet van, a BR fish van with fresh fish and shellfish landed at Penmayne Harbour, a pre-BR cattle van and a BR cattle van full of winter vegetables, a BR Grey (unbraked) 'Plate' wagon and a BR Standard brake van [Minitrix; one of a four -- John, Martin, and I have one for 'through' running].

In the background can be seen three preserved LMS livery vans and wagons also destined for Withy Junction and Durscombe.

Another one of Bodmin's 45XXs about to leave with a special parcels train for Withy Junction and Durscombe partly formed of CCTs which had, earlier, arrived at Penmayne from the WR West Midlands (BR Maroon) area and Trepol Bay (ex-SR, BR SR Green).

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Having returned to Penmayne, 34065 passes through Cant Cove with a long train of preserved GWR (mostly) and LMS wagons and vans destined for Withy Junction and Durscombe and which had, finally, arrived, that morning. As before, 34065 will be replaced at Trepol Bay by a WR loco.

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A special express goods from Penmayne to Withy Junction and Brittany (via the Dover-Calais train ferry) passes through Cant Cove behind one of Laira's 'Hymeks' sub-shedded at Penmayne.

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Behind the diesel is one of the "Castle Estates" brand new pallet vans bound for Withy Junction with a cargo of fresh local produce) followed by a BR Shoc Van full of bottled "Castle" and "Headland Ales" (also for Withy Junction), a DB Ferry Van (for Wadebridge where it will make its way, via Nine Elms, to Dover), followed by an orange DB Ferry Van and two BR Bauxite BR Ferry Wagons ('Tarpaulin' and 'Tube') setting off on the long journey to Port Regleun, Brittany, also via Nine Elms and Calais. Very unusually (due to a local shortage of fitted brake vans, this season), a non-fitted ex-GWR 'Toad' brake van brings up the rear. However, as the train is, otherwise, fully fitted (vacuum-braked), this should not pose a problem.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 20, 2015, 09:23:22 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/10/thumb_33099.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33099)
An end view of the conduit I'm going to use for stock storage. I've had to cut back the horizontal lips half way up the coach as they were touching the sides. Eventually there will be track laid. Foam is used to stop the stock falling out. They will be stored in a cupboard for safe keeping.


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A Rule 1 rerouted movement on its way to London via Bath from the South coast.



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A rake of four suburban LMS coaches with a brake composite at each end. I've taken off the original couplings apart from the end ones. I turned the bogies through 180ļ, drilled 1/2 mm holes through and connected the coaches with some piano wire bent in an elongated C. There's now about 5mm between the coaches. It looks better. I don't have any tight curves so buffer locking shouldn't be a problem.



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A view from an over-bridge showing the new and still under construction loading platform for Somersets small businesses. Nearest the camera is a ferry wagon with produce for the Continent. Not very visible are two Castle Estate wagons returning with cheeses and animal feedstuff. There are also two Sam's Cider wagons one with kegs the other with bottles and flagons of cider against possible short fall in Devon and Cornwall the Christmas. At the head is rather a dirty Siphon with Creech Ales but with room to pick up other items on its journey to Cant Cove.



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The mixed goods on its way. At the end is a wagon of loco coal for the CPLG.



Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2015, 10:02:04 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for another set of excellent photos. I particularly liked the low level one from the overbridge. I must find my bogie GWR Loco Coal wagon with removable coal load to photograph the train arriving at Cant Cove on its way to Penmayne. (May not be until January though.) The rake of LMS Suburbans does look much better close-coupled. The conduit tray looks very good and I plan to do something similar, eventually.

Once the next parcel (I hope) arrives you will be able to match the trains shown leaving Cant Cove and run all BR era goods and passenger trains as well as GWR and LMS goods and passenger trains. (I'm still looking for reasonably priced BR SR Green stock; however, £11 for Peco (Poole) Mark 1s is NOT a reasonable price!)

If you don't have enough plastic fences I'm sure that I have too many!
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Post by: Mito on December 20, 2015, 10:16:55 pm
I don't have any :( I'm going to make posts and pretend the wires are there.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2015, 10:24:53 pm
I don't have any :( I'm going to make posts and pretend the wires are there.

There was an excellent short series of posts (forgive the pun) on the forum about building fences with timber and wire.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: johnlambert on December 20, 2015, 10:28:54 pm
I don't have any :( I'm going to make posts and pretend the wires are there.

I've got some fence posts on my layout where I carefully drilled holes and threaded wire between the posts.  Close-up it looks quite good but was so much work that the next section of fence consisted of just the posts; once you're more than about 18-inches away you can't tell the difference.
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Post by: port perran on December 21, 2015, 06:39:31 am
Thanks for those pictures Brian
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 21, 2015, 05:13:35 pm
The Wadebridge Yardmaster has just received confirmation from Plymouth District Control  that the trains of wagons and vans, including a BR Crimson & Cream WR Mark 1 BSK, are on their way to Withy Junction, Somerset.

Here is one of those trains: a WR 61XX passes through Cant Cove on a lengthy special goods, mail and parcels working to Withy Junction and Durscombe including a transferred WR BR Crimson & Cream BCK.

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Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 10, 2016, 09:56:14 pm
Apologies from the local photographer of Withy World for not posting any photos recently but local festivities have kept him away. Rumors were that he was a little short on his focal length and his aperture needed attention. Here are some that he has managed to take.

A not very good photo of the morning local from Bath to Frome leaving Withy Jct. The original couplings have been taken off and replaced with wire links to close couple them and the end couplings are etched as the loco was bought already modified.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34111.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34111)

A mixed goods at Withy Jct behind a Collet. This is an unfinished Langley kit bought years ago. It needs the pick-ups from the tender attaching and decals.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34112.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34112)

A short parcels train arriving from Cant Cove.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34113.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34113)


A spare autocoach was added for extra capacity for sales bargain hunters.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34114.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34114)


An overall view with the afternoon Truro to Swansea calling at Frome, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff.
In the background behind a Black 5 is a mixed goods for Cornwall. Included are 5 cattle wagons with pedigree stock for Cant Cove and a horse box destined for Lord Trevelver.
An urgent request was made for more coal was made by the CLPG. On its way!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34115.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34115)


The empty Insulfish wagon is waiting for return to Port Perrin along with parcels stock waiting loading with quality  seed for Cornish horticulturists.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34116.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34116)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 11, 2016, 12:15:24 am
  :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: thanks for sharing
regards Derek
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 11, 2016, 06:22:02 pm
Many thanks for the latest updates photos., Brian. Nice to see the latest wagons and vans in use. I have not had time to take any more photos., yet, nor start painting but I hope to do some painting tomorrow. Do you have a Graham Farish BR Grey ex-GWR "Toad" with 'STOURBRIDGE' on the side?

As Andrew, of the Perthshire Railway Preservation Society has many of the same BR coaches as you, there is another possibility for 'through' specials.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 11, 2016, 06:49:31 pm
Many thanks for the latest updates photos., Brian. Nice to see the latest wagons and vans in use. I have not had time to take any more photos., yet, nor start painting but I hope to do some painting tomorrow. Do you have a Graham Farish BR Grey ex-GWR "Toad" with 'STOURBRIDGE' on the side?

As Andrew, of the Perthshire Railway Preservation Society has many of the same BR coaches as you, there is another possibility for 'through' specials.

I'll have a look tomorrow but I don't think I have a Stourbridge Toad. We have enough in the fish pond at the moment. Eviction notices are issued daily.
I'm not a whisky fan but I'm sure that several of the stalwart locals here would appreciate a selection of Perthshire drams.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: paulprice on January 12, 2016, 09:34:29 pm
Brilliant layout
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 12, 2016, 09:51:58 pm
Many thanks for the latest updates photos., Brian. Nice to see the latest wagons and vans in use. I have not had time to take any more photos., yet, nor start painting but I hope to do some painting tomorrow. Do you have a Graham Farish BR Grey ex-GWR "Toad" with 'STOURBRIDGE' on the side?

As Andrew, of the Perthshire Railway Preservation Society has many of the same BR coaches as you, there is another possibility for 'through' specials.

I'll have a look tomorrow but I don't think I have a Stourbridge Toad. We have enough in the fish pond at the moment. Eviction notices are issued daily.
I'm not a whisky fan but I'm sure that several of the stalwart locals here would appreciate a selection of Perthshire drams.

8-) That's good, Brian. Now, do you have a GWR 'PLYMOUTH' "Toad"? (I think I have too many "Toads", now, for 'through' running and cannot remember what you already have received.

I think the first trains to Perthshire should run this coming summer. Good malt whisky certainly has its fans in North and West Cornwall! 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 19, 2016, 09:17:54 pm
I must have been stoned out of mind when I ordered these! :beers:
All 72 of them. Noch figures. I'll be cross eyed by the time I finish them. I'm not painting eyes. I don't want them looking cross eyed too.  :sweat:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34466.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34466)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34467.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34467)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on January 19, 2016, 09:21:49 pm
Good luck with those !
I find painting anything small very difficult so don't envy you the task.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 19, 2016, 09:29:14 pm
Unless you're short-sighted like me (so close-up work, without glasses is fine) you'll find it difficult and time-consuming. You need as bright a light as possible, preferably sunlight. A tip from a NGF member: paint figures colour by colour and like they were getting dressed so top clothes, last. Skin is not pink: usually a very pale shade of brown, unless they are sun-tanned. Hope that helps. It will be worth it when you finish as the 'Little People' really bring a layout to life. Good luck, Brian!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Milton Rail on January 20, 2016, 08:38:56 pm
I will be having a similar paint-a-body experience (though not 72, just 24) as I found a box of Merit Station & Loco staff when I was having a rummage..... still psyching myself up for it  :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 20, 2016, 08:50:57 pm
I will be having a similar paint-a-body experience (though not 72, just 24) as I found a box of Merit Station & Loco staff when I was having a rummage..... still psyching myself up for it  :goggleeyes:

Which funny farm are you thinking of going to? I'll join you. :'( :D
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Milton Rail on January 20, 2016, 09:01:37 pm
I will be having a similar paint-a-body experience (though not 72, just 24) as I found a box of Merit Station & Loco staff when I was having a rummage..... still psyching myself up for it  :goggleeyes:

Which funny farm are you thinking of going to? I'll join you. :'( :D

One that is somewhere warm!   :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 20, 2016, 09:11:29 pm
Come South then :beers: :pint:
Where's the wine smiley then? ???
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 20, 2016, 09:35:16 pm
Well a start has been made on Withy Jct. Slightly modified Kestrel kits and the platforms will be covered with Scalescenes platform kits. The lighter stone at the bottom of the goods shed is to cover a slight whoopsy  :-[

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34541.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34541)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34542.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34542)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_34543.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34543)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 20, 2016, 10:06:31 pm
Thanks for these update photos., Brian. It's looking good; all the buildings look nice and square. I really need to complete my platforms.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on January 21, 2016, 07:48:50 am
That is starting to look really good.
Looking forward to seeing trains running through the station.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: weave on January 21, 2016, 08:43:17 am
Looking great,

What's the name of your cat?  :D

Looking forward to more.

Cheers weave.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 21, 2016, 09:18:15 pm
 :hellosign: nice modelling Mito, thanks for the updates.
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Milton Rail on January 23, 2016, 07:12:21 am
Looks great Mito, think we have all had that kind of whoopsy!   :veryangry:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: maridunian on January 25, 2016, 02:35:30 pm
Unless you're short-sighted like me (so close-up work, without glasses is fine)

And if you use glasses for reading, buy some cheap 3x (higher if you can find them) reading specs from a supermarket - they help a lot!

Mike
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 25, 2016, 10:25:03 pm
A couple of photos showing slow progress. A mock up to make sure I'd got my measurements right and just about. I've stuck corn flakes packet on the MDF with PVA and will glue the surface on top of that. I'm using Scalescenes platform sheets. I've found out different packets have different thicknesses of cardboard. Could be useful.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34804.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34804)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34803.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34803)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 26, 2016, 09:30:52 am
Thanks for the update, Brian. I can see that the goods shed is coming along nicely and you've ensured that the entrance is tall and wide enough! 8-) I remember someone on the forum finding that their outside-framed Class 08 shunter was too wide to enter their completed goods shed. 8-(
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 28, 2016, 04:27:05 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  That`s very ingenious, brilliant idea, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on January 28, 2016, 04:44:04 pm
Thanks for the update.
Looking good.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on February 13, 2016, 10:09:38 pm
The first serious attempt at Scalescenes kits.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35420.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35420)

The platforms in their final resting place, well almost. When the clearance is set I'll stick them down with double sided tape. Where the provender shed is, I'm thinking of putting a point in to make another siding to connect to Creech Ales brewery.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35419.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35419)

A close up of the flags from Scalescens platform kit. The photo below shows the asphalt. The platforms are made from 10mm MDF covered with cereal packet card. The surface was printed on 80g paper then stuck to 200g paper to make the edge. Not visible but under the edge is a length of 3x1mm strip wood covered with stone paper.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35418.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35418)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35417.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35417)

This is my DC and DCC compatible ecological decoupler. It works for any type of coupler and uses no energy apart from the human type. It's made from dowel with a hole drilled in the end to take a length of shaped piano wire. It's very effective unless you have twitch :worried:. I like watching trains going round but I also like to "drive" a train. (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35416.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35416)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on February 13, 2016, 10:23:29 pm
 :hellosign: Mito   :greatpicturessign: nice modelling, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 14, 2016, 06:46:55 am
Thanks for the update, Brian. Your platform surfaces look very good and are a possible solution to how to complete my balsa wood ones which need surfacing but have Peco stone and concrete (for a pre-WW2 extension) edges.

Laying in an extra siding for the Creech Brewery sounds a very good idea as a "Creech Brewery" Single-vent van and ex-SR uneven planked van, plus 2 "Creech Brewery" 7-plank open wagons are nearing completion in the brewery's distinctive purple-red livery. They just need final assembly and photographing. Later, there will be a Conflat container, too. There are additional "Creech Brewery" wagons and vans for 'through' running for John (Claverdon), Martin (Port Perran and Trepol Bay) and I (Cant Cove and Penmayne), as part of the Alliance of West Country Breweries. (Transfers will come, later.)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on February 14, 2016, 10:04:27 am
Great work Brian.
Really coming along now.
Martin
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 03, 2016, 09:26:37 pm
Not had time to do a great deal recently but spent time in front in front of the computer. Here is a design exercise for Creech Brewery. I'm halfway through building a Scalescene warehouse to complement it.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/7/thumb_36246.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36246)  
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 03, 2016, 09:35:38 pm
That really looks superb, Brian. It's always nice to have your own custom-made buildings. This looks like the bottling / casking area with, maybe, the malting floor above and the brewery offices? Will there be a classic brewery tower, too? (Like: http://www.breweryhistory.com/Breweries/SussexWorthingTowerBrewery_Jun10.jpg (http://www.breweryhistory.com/Breweries/SussexWorthingTowerBrewery_Jun10.jpg))

The first two vans and the first 7-plank livery in the "Creech Brewery"'s new purple-red livery are already on their way to Withy Junction. Others have arrived at Cant Cove with more on their way to Trepol Bay and Port Perran. Further vans and 7-plank wagons are on order but production is delayed a couple of months.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 03, 2016, 09:43:22 pm
I haven't got as far as a tower yet. It is semi-low relief with an arch between it and the warehouse. There will be a chimney poking up behind. This is the siding side, the "public" side and offices will be assumed, hidden behind. I find it very difficult drawing plans and tend to make it up as I go along. This was done to print out to give some idea of size and placement.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 05, 2016, 09:53:32 pm
A bit more development. With all the stock that is arriving I need somewhere to display it. I've started to build a module which will be Durscombe Sidings with the station in the background. The module will be included in the overall plan but will also be removable. It measures 1.25m by 0.54m and is a soft wood frame topped with 4cm foamboard. It will have a backdrop on three sides and a small removable fiddle yard on the right. The line at the rear is 4cm above the sidings and will be connected to the main layout on the right and a cassette mounted on the left. Ideas and help please. Is the track plan OK as it is or should I modify it in some way? The two 009 points provide a run round. Most of the track will be filled in as will be the two points so I don't think they will be noticeable.
Any comments welcome

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36370.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36370)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36371.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36371)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36372.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36372)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2016, 09:55:50 pm
That looks very good, Brian. I'm not an expert on track layouts as I take prototype stations and then modify their layouts slightly to suit.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2016, 10:45:30 pm
The "Castle Estates" top salesman, Brandon Williams, is enjoying another visit to the Withy Junction and Durscombe area to negotiate a contract for the "Castle Estates" to distribute Somerset coal in North and West Cornwall using appropriately branded 7-plank wagons, as well as hired in BR 7-plank and steel-bodied mineral wagons. The CLPG has been asked to overhaul suitable 7-plank wagons for painting in "Somerset Colleries" livery for the traffic. So, you will need a connection to the (off-scene?) colliery?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 05, 2016, 10:51:13 pm
It's always been my idea to have off scene collieries and a couple of the sidings will be dedicated to coal in and out. Yet another project!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 05, 2016, 11:05:42 pm
"Thanks, Brian. That name makes more sense but you'sd have to change RADSTOCK?"

Withy Jct is very loosely based on the junction at Radstock which connected the Bristol and North Somerset Railway to the Somerset coal field so Radstock could be left on the transfer, I think?

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Bealman on March 05, 2016, 11:07:42 pm
Looks good! Yep, you can probably get away with those 009 points if it's going to be embedded track.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2016, 11:10:12 pm
"Thanks, Brian. That name makes more sense but you'sd have to change RADSTOCK?"

Withy Jct is very loosely based on the junction at Radstock which connected the Bristol and North Somerset Railway to the Somerset coal field so Radstock could be left on the transfer, I think?

Yes, of course, Brian. I was forgetting how close Radstock is to Withy Junction and Durscombe. (Somerset is a county which I really know little about.)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on March 06, 2016, 06:42:25 pm
Looks good Brian.
I grew up only 12 miles from Radstock so know it pretty well.
Plenty of scope for modelling for sure.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 06, 2016, 09:44:07 pm
Somerset is a part of the world I know very little of. It all started reading about the Somerset Coal Canal and continued from there. I found some old maps on line and modified history. Durscombe and Withy are names of lanes in the area. Then Chris started posting on this tread and with his enthusiasm and help and the help of others the layout has developed to its present state, with a lot more to do.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 10, 2016, 09:37:11 pm
Durscombe yardmaster was informed that a special goods was passing Withy Jct. en route to Durscombe.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36523.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36523)

The North Conwalian passing the special goods heading for Bristol. The first coach is a special attachment to cope with extra passengers today. The rather dirty Cl.42 will be sent on to Swindon for an overhaul and repairs to the windows. If the windows are not repaired ASLF will black the loco.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36522.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36522)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 11, 2016, 07:01:10 am
Many thanks, Brian, for these updates. I'm very glad that the additional rolling stock has safely arrived. There is more that will be on its way in a few weeks (principally BR SR Green Mark 1s but also BR wagons and vans) and, after that, you should have a very good selection of coaches, wagons and vans for 'through' running. The principal omission is the horseboxes which I have still to complete re-assembly of, I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 19, 2016, 09:56:11 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36847.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36847)
The track is temporally laid. Wiring and point control is next. The raised main line will cross a bridge over the canal then onto a viaduct.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36844.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36844)
Looking down the sidings.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/thumb_36846.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36846)
A closer look. Excuse the track pins. Eventually ground level will be brought up to rail level.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 19, 2016, 10:10:27 pm
Thanks for these latest updates, Brian. That is a pretty impressive building. I like the idea that it has a canal entrance as well as a rail one. A canal, (as in Trepol Bay) will look very good. I suppose the canal is connected with the Somerset & Avon Canal?

There's going to be a good length of sidings, too, for all your wagons and vans. (With more on their way, soon.)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 19, 2016, 10:52:17 pm
The canal is sort of based on the Somerset Coal Canal which joined the Kennet and Avon canal near Limpley Stoke. It was never a success as there was insufficient water to feed it. It closed at the beginning of the last century.  I imagine that the beginning of the canal is the other side of the warehouse. British Waterways, which is still in its infancy, will restore the canal mainly for leisure craft use though it is still used commercially.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on March 20, 2016, 12:21:13 pm
The canal is sort of based on the Somerset Coal Canal which joined the Kennet and Avon canal near Limpley Stoke. It was never a success as there was insufficient water to feed it. It closed at the beginning of the last century.  I imagine that the beginning of the canal is the other side of the warehouse. British Waterways, which is still in its infancy, will restore the canal mainly for leisure craft use though it is still used commercially.
A short length of the Somerset Coal Canal still exists where it joins the Kennet and Avon canal at Limpley Stoke. It's mostly used as a boat mooring.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on March 29, 2016, 09:39:16 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/5/thumb_37384.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37384)
A new arrival at Durscombe. In pristine condition. I wonder how long it will remain like that?

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/5/thumb_37385.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37385)
Already at work. It will be joined shortly by another.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 29, 2016, 10:03:55 pm
Thanks for the photos., Brian. Very glad to see that you now have a BR Black Late Crest ex-GWR pannier tank. It certainly looks in excellent condition. I hope that you will be able to get a second, soon. Will it be in BR Black Early Crest livery?

A few more BR livery wagons and vans for it to shunt should arrive, soon. 8-) (With a final selection due in some weeks' time.)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on April 08, 2016, 09:53:00 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37872.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37872)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37871.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37871)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37870.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37870)
Three photos of new arrivals from Cant Cove on their way to Durscombe.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37869.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37869)
An empty stock movement passing through Withy Jct.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37873.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37873)
A pair of 57xx awaiting duty.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37868.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37868)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37867.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37867)
The latest addition to the fleet.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 08, 2016, 10:05:28 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for an excellent set of photos. I'm glad that everything arrived safely. I will have a pair of Satin Black Conflats (like GWR ones) for your GWR Containers in a couple of months. There should be a few more special trains coming via BR West Midlands and North Cornwall, soon, I hope.

The same pair of Minitrix BR Maroon coaches (CK + BCK) are also at in Perthshire so a special train can now run between the two as well as from North Cornwall (Penmayne & Cant Cove)! 8-).

The two pannier tanks (very happy for you that you got them) certainly look at home and the Withy Junction station and scenery are coming along very nicely.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on April 20, 2016, 10:13:01 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38498.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38498)
The fiddle yard cum transverser. The turntable and transverser are indexed digitally. In the foreground is a yet to be completed casstte which will be used to move trains from the yard to the main line and the other end of the yard.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38493.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38493)
An overall view of the yard with the main line behind. a lot of work still to be done.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38494.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38494)
The yard.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38496.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38496)
What have I done? :doh:
Bought off ebay for 90 pence the two. Fortunately they were glued with a brittle glue, super glue I think, so they came to pieces easily. One has spent time in Dettol and is now paint free, the other tomorrow. Both will be altered, one platform mounted at Withy the other made smaller for Durscombe.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38497.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38497)

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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 20, 2016, 10:54:58 pm
Many thanks for the latest update, Brian, with excellent photos. It's coming along very nicely indeed. Next month there should be more passenger and parcels coaches to accommodate! 8-) Beginning mid-June, it should be possible to run some "through" trains from Cornwall and BR WR West Midlands plus Perthshire (if Andrew and I have our layouts in running condition and, in my case, more scenic work done) as you have / will have a lot of goods and passenger stock common to Andrew, John, Martin, and I, amongst others. (There should be some of Martin's PO goods stock coming in time, I hope, to complete the selection, after I have prepainted them and sent them off to Martin for completion.)
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Post by: Mito on May 02, 2016, 09:41:11 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Off_on_a_journey/Dir_3/medium_38981.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38981)
A new arrival at Durscombe. A P&D Marsh kit on a GF chassis for a very good price off ebay.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/albums/Off_on_a_journey/Dir_3/medium_38983.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38983)
It will compliment this yet to be finished Collett. It must be more than 30 years in the making. :sleep:

The retaining walls are from Scalescenes and the buttresses are made from wood cut to shape. The hoardings come from one of his bridge kits, I think. :-\
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 02, 2016, 09:47:08 pm
Thanks for the update, Brian. Those are excellent photos. of two very attractive models. The top one has really been finished superbly so you got a bargain. I hope there will be at least one more new ex-GWR loco. to show in the fullness of time!
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Post by: Mito on May 05, 2016, 10:11:03 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39223.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39223)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39222.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39222)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39221.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39221)

Some new arrivals settling in.
Chris (iP), these are the only souther coaches I have.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 05, 2016, 10:18:19 pm
Thanks for the latest update photos., Brian. You now have a very good selection of coaches to make up some impressive trains. You will be getting at least one more coach, I think: a BR SR Green FK. (I will know when the next trains arrive from the BR WR West Midlands area!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 05, 2016, 01:11:37 pm
Hi Brian, time for an update, soon? There should be more rolling stock on its way from Perthshire and Wadebridge [Prague], soon.

Do you already have the BR Bauxite van and the wagon in this photo.?

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2016-05-31%2015.21.04_zps0sg4rxuo.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2016-05-31%2015.21.04_zps0sg4rxuo.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on June 05, 2016, 07:27:07 pm
Thanks for those pictures Brian.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 05, 2016, 07:39:52 pm
There are more BR SR Green Mark 1s on their way, Brian: a BSK, RMB and SO. Or were you expecting a FK and not a SO? I do have a spare FK, I think.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on June 05, 2016, 09:23:52 pm
There are more BR SR Green Mark 1s on their way, Brian: a BSK, RMB and SO. Or were you expecting a FK and not a SO? I do have a spare FK, I think.

I can't keep up with what I'm expecting. :confused1:
I'll have a look tomorrow regarding the wagons. The layout is in a shed with no light to get there.
Progress is slow and not sufficient for photos. The signal boxes are half done, Withy Jct platforms and buildings are almost done with a cattle dock trailing behind. Durscombe is a work in progress but the basics are sorted and the overall scene is clear in my mind.
I've made some mk1 decals but that is for a separate post when I've got mk2 printed, hopefully this week.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 06, 2016, 07:28:10 am
Hi Brian, thanks for the update. It sounds like you're making steady progress. I want to finish my station platforms this week. However, I don't like all the broken paving stones on the downloaded Scalescenes pavement for the area which will not be gravel (grey spraypainted very fine sandpaper) so I may try replacing broken slabs with whole ones in a graphics program.

After checking my BR SR Green Mark 1s it is the second SO here, S3824, that is yours as I only have one Mark 1 FK, here. (However, I also have a Mark 2 FK.) When I get a 3rd generation Mark 1 FK, I'll send my 2nd generation Mark 1 FK off to you.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on June 16, 2016, 09:53:52 pm
Seen today passing through Withy Jct an unusual mixed train from Perth heading for Durscombe.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-160616214804.jpeg)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 16, 2016, 10:02:14 pm
Very good to see that everything has safely arrived, Brian. Our sincere thanks go to Andrew who made all this possible.

All of that stock is either duplicated by Andrew, Martin, or I, or the two or three of us. So, plenty of "through" running possibilities. 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on June 16, 2016, 10:40:32 pm
I forgot the thanks, sorry. I have some photos ready to show the progress or otherwise of the decals. More tomorrow. Not been a good day today. I fell down the stairs this morning helping my wife down and I was sober! No serious damage, shaken and a damaged toe which could be broken.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2016, 07:16:18 am
I forgot the thanks, sorry. I have some photos ready to show the progress or otherwise of the decals. More tomorrow. Not been a good day today. I fell down the stairs this morning helping my wife down and I was sober! No serious damage, shaken and a damaged toe which could be broken.

Very sorry to read about that, Brian. You should get the toe X-rayed. I hope that it's not broken and you both will be fine and there will be no more falls.

I plan to complete the final batch of containers, wagons and vans, from me, so that I can post off another parcel before the end of this month. Some have already been posted on my Cant Cove thread. The second Large Prairie (to become a 43XX / 73XX) can be seen on Martin's Trepol Bay thread.

Best wishes,
Chris
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on June 17, 2016, 08:23:22 am
I do hope the toe is OK Brian.
Take it easy and get it checked out if you can.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on June 17, 2016, 06:36:10 pm
Toe a nice blue colour but the nurse said there was no point in doing anything as it's impossible to splint a toe apart from the big one. It doesn't hurt so I'll just wait for the bruising to go down.
Decals, not a great success so far. I ordered some white inkjet compatible paper and some transparent laser paper. The laser paper burnt as it went through the print shop printer. The paper came from Mr Decal Paper who sells through Amazon. I contacted them and they said the paper was for home lasers not commercial ones. They are sending me without charge some inkjet decal paper. One happy customer and I'll use them again.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-160616204616.jpeg)
These are done with inkjet paper. As is obvious it's very difficult to match the colours. So I'm going to make new ones with a background different to the wagon colour.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-160616204440.jpeg)
This shows another problem. Because the ink is water soluble the decal has to be sprayed with clear varnish to protect the ink. I sprayed all the decals before cutting them out. It's difficult to spray something that measures 30+8mm. As the decal had been cut when it was put into water to separate the backing paper some water must have got in under the varnish and diluted the ink.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-160616204520.jpeg)
I tried touching it up and it's a bit better but at this size all the imperfections show up.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-160616204738.jpeg)
My best attempt so far! The decal is from the laser paper, salvaged from the mess. It's from a photo I found on internet. The background was painted off white, the decal applied and the wagon painted, firstly red then brown finishing with purple to match the decal. The grunge is pastel chalk applied with a brush. I can wash it all off if necessary or spray it over with clear matt varnish. I use Vallejo acrylics, expensive but well worth it brush painted on.
Suggestions on how to improve the results would be greatly appreciated. I use a decal softner to help bed the decal down.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-170616182852.jpeg)
Another unfinished attempt. The inside is yet to be painted. Old Lima wagons. The right hand one is with salvaged ltransparent laser paper, the other with inkjet. Both were painted afterwards with a lamp black acrylic artists paint.
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Post by: port perran on June 17, 2016, 07:47:18 pm
Hope the toe is ok Brian.
You are persevering well with the decals etc. The photographs (being so close) always show up imperfections that are less clear to the human eye so maybe they look better in real life ?
The bottom two attempts look pretty good to me anyway.
Keep up the good work . :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 17, 2016, 08:54:03 pm
Thanks, Brian. You've already progressed further with the transfers than I've managed to do! Well done. I'm sure your next ones will be at least as good as the last two. Getting the colours as bright as possible seems to be the thing to aim for. The cider van looks a good colour match. Painting in gloss white over the area where the transfers are due to go is a good tip I picked up from Andrew. However, I will still keep painting all the goods stock all over. I think the transfers need to be a little taller / wider so that they can be smoothed into the cracks between the planks whilst still wet? (I remember carefully patting down wet transfers with military vehicle models.) There will be two 7-plank brewery wagons coming for further experiments! Once you've perfected the transfers, we'll all need some "Sam's Cider" and "Creech Ales" transfers. 8-) Putting "Creech Ales" nameboards on the Grain Hopper Wagon will be rather easier. Next, you'll need to think of wagon numbers, XP, etc. Hope the toe heals quickly.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: weave on June 18, 2016, 05:38:32 am
Hi Brian,

I share your toe woes as slipped on the wet decking trying to stop the dog attacking a new/temporary? local newspaper delivery boy who didn't see the post box outside the gate. I'm blue too, although more behind the toes. Nurofen and alcohol seem to work. Hope you get better soon.

By the way NO dogs or paper boys were harmed in this production.

Decals... Looking good to me. I like the first Sam's cider van. Also I agree with Chris (IP) that the Creech Ales logo should be wider although not necessarily taller.

The last two photos are great.

Keep up the good work,

Cheers weave







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Post by: Mito on June 18, 2016, 08:58:05 pm
Alcohol is a very good pain killer. :beers: ;) I hope you don't feel too blue for long.
The decals I've done are on one side only so when mk2 or even 3 are ready I'll put them on the opposite side. I shall post photos of the decals before mounting them for comments on improvement or otherwise. Not done anything for a couple of days because I have a rather sick wife. She suffers from COPD and had a very bad attack and was almost hospitalised. Hopefully on the mend now.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 18, 2016, 09:38:24 pm
I understand,Brian. I do hope your wife's condition will improve. You don't have an easy life. Thanks to Andrew, Chris (Weave) and Martin, another parcel, from me, should be on its way in a week or two.

I'm thinking that the best transfers will be full side as the narrower ends will then only need to be approximately the same colour. Especially if you then weather, as you've done, the vehicle after applying matt varnish. Once you're happy with the transfers, everyone who has our PO goods stock would be very happy to have some of your transfers. (Arrangements can be agreed by email, as always.)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on June 18, 2016, 10:46:36 pm
Thanks.
Anybody who wants decals is welcome to them. When they're acceptable to all I can send the files or print them to post.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 19, 2016, 09:57:59 am
Thanks.
Anybody who wants decals is welcome to them. When they're acceptable to all I can send the files or print them to post.

Many thanks, Brian. I'll send you the graphics for the "Castle Estates" and "Castle Brewery" and make some up, with Martin, for his PO liveries, too.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on July 07, 2016, 06:03:26 pm
I think I've got the transfers sorted but before printing them here are some photos of them. Comments wanted and appreciated.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716175028-417601578.png)
The wagon is there to give an an idea as to how it will be.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716175008-41759832.png)
For 7 plank wagons.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716174954-417581043.png)
For single vent vans.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716174918-41747752.png)
For 5 plank wagons.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 07, 2016, 06:21:58 pm
Very nice work, Brian. I do hope that the transfers will come out exactly as you wish. (I can send you the graphics for Martin and my PO companies, too!)

Do you have enough ex-LNER Single Vent Vans (single sliding door), and 7-plank wagons in apple green? I also have one 5-plank one?

Do you have enough ex-LNER Single Vent Vans (single sliding door), and 7-plank wagons in purple-red? I also have one 5-plank one?

Two special trains are being prepared in Wadebridge Yard for Withy Junction, soon.
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Post by: Newportnobby on July 07, 2016, 06:42:36 pm
The transfers are looking exceedingly good :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on July 07, 2016, 08:12:01 pm
They look really good Brian.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on July 07, 2016, 09:51:15 pm
Thanks for the comments. Chris, I'll have a look tomorrow at the vans I have. I think it's about time I made a data base to keep track of what I have. I'll print out some decals tomorrow and see what they look like on the wagons. It's getting a bit hot now to work on the layout, temperatures of 30ļC or more and going up again next week. We had a few drops of rain this evening, the first for 2 months. We have a serious drought here, but there's always beer in the fridge. :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 08, 2016, 08:50:44 pm
I think I've got the transfers sorted but before printing them here are some photos of them. Comments wanted and appreciated.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716175028-417601578.png[/url])
The wagon is there to give an an idea as to how it will be.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716175008-41759832.png[/url])
For 7 plank wagons.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716174954-417581043.png[/url])
For single vent vans.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/41/3659-070716174918-41747752.png[/url])
For 5 plank wagons.


 :hellosign: They look really good Brian, nice work
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on July 26, 2016, 09:42:04 pm
There was a  lot of activity today at Holwell Road.A local from Bristol en route to Frome was held over in the passing loop while a special from Cant Cove was allowed through. It's not been disclosed who was on the train but it's thought that certain dignitaries were on their way North for reasons unknown.
Also held up was a mixed goods, also from Cornwall. Fortunately there was a siding long enough to hold it. Normally train lengths are less.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211551-423371513.jpeg)

The intrepid photographer from The Withy Weekly was on hand and was able to follow the progress of the special as far as Durscombe.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716212237-423391581.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211516-423141152.jpeg)

And finally a not very good photo taken by a passing motorist of the delayed mixed goods passing Squires Halt on the way to Withy Jct.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211715-42338150.jpeg)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 27, 2016, 08:52:14 am
Thank you very much, Brian, for these updates. Very good to see that both the passenger and the goods trains arrived safely.

The passenger train was on its way from Cornwall to Perthshire carrying members of the Alliance for Cornwall's Railways, the Alliance of West Country Breweries, the Cornish Locomotive Preservation Group, and the Great Western Society plus, of course, the "Chelsea Girls" to build personal and business relationships with their friends and colleagues.

The goods train included freshly overhauled and painted goods stock (principally, BD Containers on BR Conflats to reduce distribution costs) for the "Creech Brewery" (purple-red) and "Sam's Cider" (apple-green) together with supplies of the renowned products of the "North Cornwall Pasty Co." (satin orange) along with BR containers on Conflats and BR steel mineral wagons for the output of local collieries. It's good to see rail-borne goods traffic is increasing!

The scenery is now looking very good, too.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on July 28, 2016, 08:32:32 pm
thanks for the photos.
Is that prarie tank the one that was on loan at Port perran recently ?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on July 28, 2016, 10:14:08 pm
If it came via Cant Cove, then yes it is. It's temporally shedded at Frome, hence the working North to Bristol.
My memory is a disaster at the moment. I've had so much stock come; until I make a decent inventory I'm lost. :-[ :confused2:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 29, 2016, 09:07:08 am
The special passenger train hauled by the Large Prairie, returning from loan to Port Perran, was formed of portions from Trepol Bay and Penmayne (calling at Cant Cove) which combined at Wadebridge then ran via the North Cornwall line and SR mainline. The passengers wanted to break their journey in Somerset to see their friends, stretch their legs and enjoy a good pub lunch. (It also gave the buffet car staff a rest after they had restocked, locally.) The BG was working back north via the S&D and Bristol.

Any duplicate goods stock sent was the result of confusion at Wadebridge Yard where the yardmaster's normally very organised system was disrupted by the very considerable volume of special trains arriving and departing over a short period of time! (Spilling a mug of strong, sweet tea over his despatch list did not help, either! This was the result of shooing away a seagull that flew into the office after his sandwiches.) However, anything duplicate can be returned and sent to another destination, in South Cornwall. Already a Extra-LWB Grain Hopper wagon for the "Creech Brewery" and a single-vent van belonging to the "North Cornwall Pasty Co." have been discovered that should have been despatched to Withy Junction! Being the peak of the Summer season no crew or locos. are spare so they will have to wait for the next scheduled service to the S&D.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 30, 2016, 11:55:47 pm
There was a  lot of activity today at Holwell Road.A local from Bristol en route to Frome was held over in the passing loop while a special from Cant Cove was allowed through. It's not been disclosed who was on the train but it's thought that certain dignitaries were on their way North for reasons unknown.
Also held up was a mixed goods, also from Cornwall. Fortunately there was a siding long enough to hold it. Normally train lengths are less.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211551-423371513.jpeg[/url])




The intrepid photographer from The Withy Weekly was on hand and was able to follow the progress of the special as far as Durscombe.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716212237-423391581.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211516-423141152.jpeg[/url])

And finally a not very good photo taken by a passing motorist of the delayed mixed goods passing Squires Halt on the way to Withy Jct.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-260716211715-42338150.jpeg[/url])



 :hellosign: Brian thanks for the  :greatpicturessign: &superb updates, all looking good
regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on August 15, 2016, 03:33:08 pm
I've done a bit recently but it gets very hot in the trainroom. I need regular supplies of an amber coloured liquid to help but that seems to slow me down more.
Anyway some photos of the progress so far.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144320-429841246.jpeg)
A local mixed goods.
The train is on a siding. The story being that originally it continued to Holwell. A line was constructed at the turn of the C19th from the village to join the main Bristol - Frome line. It was financed in the main by the then Lord of the Manor Sir Quinten- Smythe.
The line was not surveyed properly and it was found that to make a connection a short tunnel was needed. The rock was unstable and some 20 years after it was built there was a rock fall in the tunnel. Fortunately no one was injured but itwas thought uneconomical to open it up. A petition was made to the GWR to construct a station on the main line as close to the village as possible, which 5 years later was completed. The line to the tunnel is used as a long siding to hold stock or set back local goods so that priority trains can pass.
Holwell Road is now expanding. The village is becoming a dormitory village, or almost small town now for both Bristol and Bath. Local services terminate there whilst longer distance trains pass through to Frome and the South West.
That's my story. In reality it make quite a good backdrop to photograph trains.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144401-429861829.jpeg)
Part of the rock face. More later.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144420-42987561.jpeg)
The same train waiting clearance to the main line.

Some photos of how I made the rocks. I use plaster of paris in home made molds. I had a bag of cement go hard so I hit it with a hammer and with ordinary clear silicone re-enforced with scrim made 5 molds.
The plaster was stuck against the supports with cellulose filler liberally applied and PVA glue on the polestyrene just to make sure they stayed!
When all was dried I used more filler to fill in between the joins. I use water colour paints on the plaster as I find that I can blend colours better and the plaster absorbs. The filler is not absorbent so I use acrylics, painted quickly enough it's possible to blend the colourslike the water colours. I use earth tones, ochre, sienna and umber, both raw and burnt.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144429-429881493.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144441-42989701.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144459-42990750.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816145021-429922150.jpeg)

Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on August 15, 2016, 04:31:34 pm
Whilst I've got a decent internet connection here is an updated plan. I don't think it will be changed unless I rip it all up which is not on the books at the moment.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816161912-429931707.png)
The creamery, Creech Ales and Sam's Cider are all yet to be built.
Holwell Road is about 10 cm above  the red and blue lines. It climbs from the junction behind Withy.
Durscombe Sidings is a completely separate thing, connected to the rest by cassettes. It will also have a canal running through it. A shunting layout, not yet finished, like the rest. The fiddle yard is a bodged up transverser with a turntable at the far end and can hold 4 trains. As the layout is only a secondary line trains are limited to 4 coaches or 10 wagons. One day I shall have it running properly with a decent controller but I'm enjoying the journey. :)
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Post by: M0NTIGNAC on August 15, 2016, 04:59:54 pm
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144320-429841246.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144401-429861829.jpeg[/url])
Part of the rock face. More later.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/42/3659-150816144420-42987561.jpeg[/url])


:hellosign:  :wonderfulmodelling:  :superblayout:  :greatpicturessign:   :thankyousign:
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Post by: lil chris on August 15, 2016, 05:20:59 pm
Looking good there, I like the rocks.
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Post by: Milton Rail on August 15, 2016, 06:16:30 pm
Great photo's - scenics are excellent - I am remiss for not having paid more attention to your thread... now I have to start at page 1 :)
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 15, 2016, 06:18:20 pm
Smashing scenics, Mito :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mito on August 15, 2016, 06:32:29 pm
Great photo's - scenics are excellent - I am remiss for not having paid more attention to your thread... now I have to start at page 1 :)

Thanks. Some photos were deleted but as there have been several changes it's not really important.
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Post by: port perran on August 15, 2016, 07:03:22 pm
Excellent stuff . I think it's looking really good.
 :thumbsup:
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Post by: cornish yorkie on August 15, 2016, 10:52:19 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the  :greatpicturessign: Brian, your scenics look top notch
regards Derek.
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Post by: belstone on August 15, 2016, 10:59:45 pm
That rock face looks properly rocky.  Very nice bit of scenic modelling, and thanks for explaining how you did it.

Richard
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Post by: M0NTIGNAC on August 16, 2016, 11:07:33 am
 :superblayout: :jealous:
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Post by: keithbythe sea on August 16, 2016, 07:51:27 pm
Very nice rocks! Something for me to aspire to.  :thankyousign:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 17, 2016, 09:34:17 pm
Many thanks for the updates, Brian. The scenery is coming on very well indeed and the map is very useful to understand what is located whee.
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Post by: Milton Rail on August 22, 2016, 08:47:42 pm
If it came via Cant Cove, then yes it is. It's temporally shedded at Frome, hence the working North to Bristol.
My memory is a disaster at the moment. I've had so much stock come; until I make a decent inventory I'm lost. :-[ :confused2:

I'm with you on that one!  I while away my time at work perusing ebay etc. ... thinking ooh, that looks nice, then I get home and find I already have one!  ok when it is a wagon.. but a tad embarrassing when it is a loco!  I now have a record of all the loco's I have at least :)
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Post by: port perran on August 28, 2016, 08:43:58 pm
If it came via Cant Cove, then yes it is. It's temporally shedded at Frome, hence the working North to Bristol.
My memory is a disaster at the moment. I've had so much stock come; until I make a decent inventory I'm lost. :-[ :confused2:

I'm with you on that one!  I while away my time at work perusing ebay etc. ... thinking ooh, that looks nice, then I get home and find I already have one!  ok when it is a wagon.. but a tad embarrassing when it is a loco!  I now have a record of all the loco's I have at least :)
I too am hopeless. I can never remember what I have and haven't got.
Locomotives are ok but stock gets me very muddled!
Maybe age has a lot to do with it!
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Post by: Chris in Prague on September 07, 2016, 09:02:38 pm
Exchanged between various goods trains, two brand new extra-LWB "Creech Brewery" grain hopper wagons (designed by the engineering genius, George Enderby, of Trepol Bay) are due to arrive at Withy Junction where the local signwriters will add the brand boards to their sides featuring the brewery's famous logo.

Here they are seen passing through Cant Cove, on a misty morning, included in a train bound for Wadebridge from where the rear portion will be taken forward whilst the front portion of four goods vehicles is taken to Trepol Bay.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2016-09-07%2011.31.46_zpsu2bj6dg4.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2016-09-07%2011.31.46_zpsu2bj6dg4.jpg.html)

Photos. of the two grain hoppers arrival at their destination are eagerly awaited. They will be used to transport best East Anglian malting barley via Claverdon.
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Post by: Mito on September 13, 2016, 10:23:07 pm
Not a lot done over the summer, too hot. We've had a storm here tonight with some rain. It's refreshed the air but that's about all.

A couple of photos of new bulk grain arrivals and a couple of rivals. The bulk grain wagons will soon be fitted out with Creech Ales signs.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3659-130916221001-435811417.jpeg)


Also on the local goods were a couple of wagons with sawn timber from Port Perrin on its way to Durscombe for use in the mines.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3659-130916221103-43603787.jpeg)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on September 14, 2016, 08:34:05 am
Many thanks for these photos., Brian. Very glad to see that these two newly overhauled extra-LWB grain hopper wagons have safely arrived from Cant Cove and that the timber traffic from Port Perran is going well, too. I look forward to seeing the "Creech Brewery" signs on these wagons and receiving a pair for my "Creech Brewery" one. (Please, also send one pair of signs, when ready to John, as these grain wagons pass through Claverdon on their way to / from East Anglia.) Good to see, too, that you have a "Bass" and a "Worthington" brewery van. (These were two of the most nationally distributed beer brands.)
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Post by: Mito on September 17, 2016, 09:18:42 pm
At long last a start has been made on making transfers, though in this case they are not transfers! I printed the signs out on 220gsm paper and varnished both sides. They were then stuck to the hopper with UHU, the non stringy glue. They will be varnished again then a bit of weathering.
Apologies for a very grainy photo but there was very little light.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3659-170916211206-436121424.jpeg)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on September 17, 2016, 09:28:53 pm
Many thanks, Brian. They look really good. Excellent work. I'd like a pair of these printed signs (as I have one identical wagon, here) plus another pair for John (as he will, too).

You could also use exactly the same method for printing signs for the "Castle", "Headland" and "Gunnings" extra-LWB grain hopper wagons, too, I think.

I will use my new anti-shine aerosol matt varnish on my and Martin's signs. Weathering can then be left to the final owner. 8-)
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Post by: Mito on September 17, 2016, 09:51:18 pm
Thanks. The design cap is going on to get some ideas on paper. All input will be gratefully received.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on September 18, 2016, 06:33:30 am
I've also been thinking and, for the extra-LWB stock: insulated van, grain hopper, and pallet van, I think a separate logo panel (like you've done for the "Creech Brewery") is the easiest solution. I can mount the printed paper logo panel on thin plasticard using super glue then glue the panel on the wagon side. Apart from the grain hoppers though the panel would have to be only the width of the door and stuck to the door. Other transfers for wagon numbers, etc., might be white text on a transparent background?

For other stock, including open wagons and SWB vans, a complementary colour as a background might well be a good solution?
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Post by: Mito on October 03, 2016, 05:32:05 pm
Slow progress but here are the designs for the grain wagons. These are not final except for Creech Ales so if there are any changes you want to make let me know. These will be used as the basis for all other decals.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-031016172237-440511392.jpeg)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3659-170916211206-436121424.jpeg)
This shows the size of the decal mounted.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 03, 2016, 05:57:33 pm
Many thanks, Brian. I'm very happy with the "Castle Brewery" one. Please, go ahead and make some more for myself and others (4 sets of two should be enough, for now). (However, it is Port Perran.)
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Post by: Mito on October 03, 2016, 08:25:16 pm
Those fingers again :doh: I'll correct the spelling tomorrow.
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Post by: port perran on October 03, 2016, 09:03:18 pm
The designs look good but I'll reinforce Chris' point that it is Port Perran with an a.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 03, 2016, 09:47:00 pm
Can you, please, try the Gunning's with a light blue background and dark blue Gunnings Brewery name but in a 1970s font*, please?

* Maybe: https://fontsinuse.com/typefaces/6097/goudy-heavyface
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Post by: cornish yorkie on October 03, 2016, 10:05:35 pm
Slow progress but here are the designs for the grain wagons. These are not final except for Creech Ales so if there are any changes you want to make let me know. These will be used as the basis for all other decals.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-031016172237-440511392.jpeg[/url])


([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/3659-170916211206-436121424.jpeg[/url])
This shows the size of the decal mounted.
 
 :hellosign: Well worth the wait Brian, nice work
regards Derek.
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Post by: maridunian on October 03, 2016, 11:34:33 pm
I can mount the printed paper logo panel on thin plasticard using super glue

Can I recommend sticky backed label sheets (available from Staples/Rylands etc) up to A4 in size. Use  like any other printer paper, seal with varnish then cut out, peal off and attach.

Mike
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 04, 2016, 07:12:25 am
I can mount the printed paper logo panel on thin plasticard using super glue

Can I recommend sticky backed label sheets (available from Staples/Rylands etc) up to A4 in size. Use  like any other printer paper, seal with varnish then cut out, peal off and attach.

Mike

Thanks, Mike. That would work. I can buy such sheets in paper shops here, too. However, I will still have to make plasticard mounting panels for the sides of the grain hopper wagons and both types of extra-LWB vans.

Chris
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Post by: Mito on October 04, 2016, 08:38:44 pm
Can you, please, try the Gunning's with a light blue background and dark blue Gunnings Brewery name but in a 1970s font*, please?

* Maybe: https://fontsinuse.com/typefaces/6097/goudy-heavyface

Will do. I've downloaded the font and will change the colours and correct the spelling mistake.
Thanks Derek, there are plenty more to do.
Mike I'll try that. There are some very small signs to make and it might be easier than decal paper.
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Post by: maridunian on October 04, 2016, 08:45:21 pm
Mike I'll try that. There are some very small signs to make and it might be easier than decal paper.

It certainly will be ... ;)

Mike
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 04, 2016, 09:11:47 pm
I look forward to the results in due course, Brian.

On another subject, do you need some spare weeping willow trees?
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Post by: Mito on October 04, 2016, 09:47:53 pm
Thanks, a couple more would add to the four already planted at Marcus Spring.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 04, 2016, 09:55:58 pm
Thanks, a couple more would add to the four already planted at Marcus Spring.

I thought you had some, Brian, but was not sure. Now, I remember Marcus Spring. I have just ordered a pack of 25 Chinese Weeping Willows and only need about 4! (they will go along the main stream that feeds into Cant Cove, probably replacing a larger generic deciduous tree).

I will also treat myself to a Czech-made large oak tree for the rough pasture by the mineral tramway embankment. (So that will be another generic tree uprooted!)
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Post by: maridunian on October 05, 2016, 07:04:02 am
Mike I'll try that. There are some very small signs to make and it might be easier than decal paper.

It certainly will be ... ;)
Mike

Here's a sticky-backed paper example - the tank is wrapped in a single piece before assembly. Quite some time was spent drafting in PowerPoint, as you can imagine...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/2947-051016065848.jpeg)

Mike
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Post by: Mito on October 05, 2016, 04:01:53 pm
A lot of work and patience! After the grain wagons I want to make signs for the pallet vans which I think will be similar to the grain wagon but smaller and possibly divided, one each side of the door. Then there are more to make for 5 and 7 plank wagons and various types of vans. The problem there is the raised door furniture and bracing. I don't want to remove anything if possible so I think again that there will be small logos on each side of the door. I'll try them with self adhesive paper as decals printed on an ink jet printer get damaged easily even though they are sprayed with varnish before wetting them. I won't be able to get more done till next week as I have to go to Barcelona to help my son bring back shop fittings and stock here.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 05, 2016, 04:12:48 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for all your hard work. Much appreciated.
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Post by: Mito on October 15, 2016, 09:54:30 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-151016214203-445632282.jpeg)
A corrected and a redesigned signs for the grain wagons.

Slow progress at the moment but slowly getting there.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-151016214251-44564414.jpeg)
Holwell Road goods shed with a local departing for Frome and a goods waiting for clearance after leaving a couple of wagons for loading.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-151016214255-44565635.jpeg)
An overall view of Holwell Road.
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Post by: johnlambert on October 15, 2016, 09:56:13 pm
The layout's looking good, Brian.  As are the signs for the grain wagons.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 15, 2016, 09:59:41 pm
Very nice work indeed, Brian. I hope Martin and Mike agree re: their respective breweries. I'm looking forward to fixing the various branding boards on my small feet of grain hoppers. The goods shed looks excellent. Very good to see some more progress. Before Christmas there should be some more surplus trees coming plus, I hope some of Martin's PO goods stock.
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Post by: port perran on October 15, 2016, 10:20:15 pm
Looks excellent to me.
Great work Brian.

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Post by: cornish yorkie on October 15, 2016, 10:45:09 pm
 :hellosign: Nice work Brian &  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the updates
regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on October 15, 2016, 11:36:50 pm
Thanks for the comments. The goods shed is loosely based on the one at Wadebridge.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-151016232442-44626519.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/3659-151016232452-446272494.jpeg)

It was made from 3mm foam board, the sides covered with Scalescenes ashlar stone. The walls were glued together after the stone was glued on and the joins hidden with down pipes. The bargeboards are wood strip and the lintels plastic strip. The windows are acetate and the frames scribed on the inside and painted, the excess wiped off. The roof is Scalescenes red tiles and the ridge was made by butting together three rows of tiles on the computer. There is a platform inside and two roof trusses, there to prevent the card roof from sagging. It has still to be weathered and put in place.
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Post by: daveg on October 16, 2016, 06:18:41 am
Nice work.  :thumbsup:

Dave G
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 07:27:49 am
I had thought the goods shed reminiscent of Wadebridge's (without the concrete extension), Brian, but thought it was a coincidence due to my looking at too many photos. of Wadebridge! 8-)
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Post by: maridunian on October 16, 2016, 09:59:49 am
Thanks for the comments. The goods shed is loosely based on the one at Wadebridge.

Excellent modelling - I wondered about the design as I didn't recognise it as a RTR model.

Mike
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 11:04:37 am
You can see what an excellent job Brian has done by looking at these photos. of the original.

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/____1076798_orig.jpg (http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/____1076798_orig.jpg)

[With the concrete extension.]

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/____5001405_orig.jpg (http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/____5001405_orig.jpg)

http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/_2637472_orig.jpg (http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/uploads/7/6/8/3/7683812/_2637472_orig.jpg)
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Post by: Mito on October 16, 2016, 08:22:09 pm
Thanks folks. I started it before finding photos of the extension but as it is it's quite big enough as it is. I need to build an office now. Back to the drawing board!  :hmmm:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on October 16, 2016, 08:43:18 pm
Thanks folks. I started it before finding photos of the extension but as it is it's quite big enough as it is. I need to build an office now. Back to the drawing board!  :hmmm:

I would not have added the concrete extension, Brian, unless I was modelling Wadebridge station. It looks fine as it is and, in real life, the preserved version is without the concrete extension, too (although it has a new, shorter extension).
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Post by: Milton Rail on October 17, 2016, 09:04:51 am
Thanks folks. I started it before finding photos of the extension but as it is it's quite big enough as it is. I need to build an office now. Back to the drawing board!  :hmmm:

Great looking Goods shed
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Post by: Mito on December 20, 2016, 09:23:49 pm
It's been awhile since I posted. Life seems to be passing by too rapidly.
Some photos of some Christmas specials seen recently.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216203150-464951804.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204706-46506980.jpeg)
A short but important movement. It's an urgent shipment to the Southwest with some new beverages. Creech Ales has produced a new ale specially for these colder nights called Solstice Warmth to celebrate the shortest day of the year.
Sam's Cider has reached an agreement with local apiarists to produce a mulled cider called Apple Honey which is also on its way to warm the cockles of Southwestern hearts.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204725-465072277.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204738-465081794.jpeg)
A longer train was seen proceeding Northwards believed to be carrying the new ales and ciders to Haggisland and all stops between. Due to the extreme shortage of wagons Castle Estates kindly agreed to supply wagons and also are sending their local brews as well.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204750-46509269.jpeg)
A shoppers special was spotted en route to Bristol.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204801-465102151.jpeg)
The local Durscombe to Frome via Withy Jct. has an extra auto coach to cater for an increase in travellers this Yuletide.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204812-465111358.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/3659-201216204850-465132148.jpeg)
A mix of stock on an all stations to Bath, seen later on the return journey to Frome, change for Taunton.

In the New Year there are going to be radical changes to the layout. Plans are not yet finalised but as I don't seem to be able to spend as much time as I want on the layout and it has become overgrown, it is going to be considerably downsized. The theme will stay the same and also the name, Withy Jct.
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Post by: port perran on December 20, 2016, 09:29:49 pm
Thanks for those pictures Brian. I particularly like the first photo of the train passing along the valley.
Im sure that the regulars of the various pubs, clubs and hotels in and around Port Perran and Trepol Bay will be looking forward to sampling Solstice Warmth and Apple Honey.

.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2016, 10:17:37 pm
Good evening, Brian, many thanks for this excellent selection of photos. As Martin has written, the special ales will be much appreciated in the Southwest. Unfortunately, it will be a while (New Year) before Cant Cove's official photographer gets the time to print and publish the photos. taken over Christmas including the arrivals of some of this stock. (He is very busy over Christmas and is very much devoted to his charming female assistant.)

The Wadebridge Yardmaster assures that there will be a train departing, in the New Year, with additional required stock.

On a personal level, please, do not diminish your excellent layout by downsizing it. You have the space and others, like me, do not. It's looking very good in these latest photos.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 21, 2016, 06:41:41 pm
Other reasons for downsizing are that the basic layout has been extended without a great deal of thought and is more cobbled together rather than constructed. Also I have quite severe arthritis in my neck and shoulders with calcifying tendons in my upper arms so movement is becoming very painful. It is difficult to reach parts of the layout and this is the reason for the change. I have almost finished a plan for comments. It will be about 3.30 metres long by about 65cm wide. A further extension is envisaged at right angles. The plan will explain better than words. Everything will be easier to reach and will give everything that that the current one has, just a bit smaller.
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Post by: lil chris on December 21, 2016, 07:23:10 pm
Looking good, with regard to downsizing if it imakes the layout easier to use do it. That is why I changed mine to make it easier to use, no climbing under mine anymore.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on December 21, 2016, 07:43:26 pm
I agree with Chris. If making the layout smaller makes it easier for you to manage then you must go for it. Looking forward to seeing what develops.
On a different note, proof that some of the wagon seen in your earlier photo have arrived in North Cornwall :
(http://i653.photobucket.com/albums/uu257/martinscane/d30_zpszvvedsp9.jpg) (http://s653.photobucket.com/user/martinscane/media/d30_zpszvvedsp9.jpg.html)
We see three colourful vans outside the Headland Brewery distribution depot at Trepol Bay. The red one contains ales from Creech Brewery (including Solstice Warmth), the green van contains offerings from Sam's Cider (including Apple Honey) whilst the blue van contains fine ales from the Castle Brewery at Cant Cove. The red dwlivery lorry is already loading barrels for distribution to local pubs, clubs and hotels. In the foreground two further vans containing Bass and Shepherd's Neame ales await shunting into the loading bay.
Certainly a very busy time for brewery staff.  Unusually, a 57xx pannier is shunting the harbour sidings - usually (these days) the preserve of Class 04 and 08 diesel shunters.
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Post by: Mito on December 21, 2016, 09:12:09 pm
Nice to see the safe speedy arrival of the beer and cider. I hope all will be enjoyed over this festive period. Merry but not too merry Christmas. :beers:
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Post by: cornish yorkie on December 21, 2016, 11:47:58 pm
 :hellosign: Good luck with your plan Brian looking forward to further developments
        regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 22, 2016, 06:36:16 am
Thanks for the detailed explanation, Brian. Now, I understand much better that it is very important to ensure that everything be easier to reach. I'm very pleased that the revised version will have everything that that the current one has (but will be just a bit smaller).

The Creech Ales "Solstice Warmth" ale, brewed to celebrate the shortest day of the year, has been very well received in the hostelries, pubs, and tavernsCant Cove and Penmayne.
Similarly, "Sam's Cider" mulled cider, "Apple Honey" has proved very popular with cider lovers. Photos. of deliveries will be released in the New Year.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 25, 2016, 12:47:01 pm
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year, Brian, and your visitors and NGF members. Looking forward to more excellent photos. in 2017!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 11, 2017, 06:12:37 pm
Where does time go?
A quick update.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/3659-110117175210-471439.jpeg)
This is the revamped plan. Any comments or suggestions welcomed. The line to the bottom right will go to cassettes, the left hand side will also go to cassettes but will also be connected so that it's a roundy layout. So i have the choice of round or end to end or a mixture. One thing I'm not too sure about is the track between the junction and station. OK or should I make it double tracked? It would make the junction much more complicated and I don't think I'll have enough room for more points. I think I've answered my own question. :doh:

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The carnage of change. :worried:
At least now I can reach everywhere easily and the whole layout is simpler and more manageable. Progress will be slow as it's cold in the shed, yes it gets cold here. Our house is 1,000 ft and very exposed and also I have a rather poorly wife to look after.
At long last my big monitor has been repaired so I must get back to decal making.
SWMBO has just given me permission to search the internet for some bargains. Happy laddie!
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Post by: Newportnobby on January 11, 2017, 07:18:40 pm
The plan looks to be fun to me. Will the loop be bi directional or single please?
I hope your good lady is feeling better very soon.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 11, 2017, 08:15:49 pm
Thanks for the update, Brian. I take it the station is Withy Junction?  I also hope your wife will be OK.

Being able to easily reach everywhere is, of course, very important. If the station is Withy Junction shouldn't the goods yard have a few more sidings? (Don't worry about N Scale plastic crates and sacks, for the yard area, as I have an abundance and some will be sent in the next parcel.)

Have Durscombe, the brewery and the transfer shed (rail/canal) all gone, now? 8-(

All the best,
Chris
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Post by: port perran on January 11, 2017, 08:33:02 pm
Looks good to me Brian.
The carnage of change will become a good model in due course.
I do hope your wife is ok.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on January 11, 2017, 09:32:45 pm
 :hellosign: Here's hoping your wife is feeling better soon Brian, & out of the carnage all will be looking good presently
        regards Derek.
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Post by: Webbo on January 12, 2017, 06:04:20 am
Looks like a good, fairly simple plan to me, Brian.

Are the two sidings along the top for storage? Are these needed if you have cassettes? Their presence will restrict what sort of scenery you'll be able to construct along the back.

Best wishes to you and your wife
Webbo
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Post by: Mito on January 12, 2017, 08:58:42 pm
Looks like a good, fairly simple plan to me, Brian.

Are the two sidings along the top for storage? Are these needed if you have cassettes? Their presence will restrict what sort of scenery you'll be able to construct along the back.

Best wishes to you and your wife
Webbo

Yes and no to the sidings! Wagons coming from one side of the Y can be left there to be collected to disapear down the other side of the Y. If I feel a bout of shunting coming on then there are the sidings to use. There will be a mini scenic break between the sidings and the track at the back. Also the two sidings at the back can be used as part of the station, just a little down the line. Imagination is a great thing. :D
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 12, 2017, 09:32:01 pm
Thanks for the update, Brian. I take it the station is Withy Junction? I'm very glad that you've, finally, got back your big monitor in working order. I'll email you a BR Ferry 'anchor' symbol and a 'cycle' symbol for SR CCTs converted to carry tourist bikes.

If the station is Withy Junction shouldn't the goods yard have a few more sidings? (Don't worry about N Scale plastic crates and sacks, for the yard area, as I have an abundance and some will be sent in the next parcel.)

I hope to catch up on last month's 'through' train pictures, soon.

Have Durscombe, the brewery and the transfer shed (rail/canal) all gone, now? 8-(

All the best,
Chris
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Post by: Mito on January 12, 2017, 10:23:14 pm
Chris, I put a long post up last night which I can't see now, explaining about the layout. I have "lost" a couple of replies to other threads recently. Webbo asked about cassettes which I mentioned in that missing thread. Basically all will remain as before with a simpler plan. The priority is to lay the roundy and Withy Jct as this is the most complex of all and also will give me the opportunity to run trains. When I can get rid of junk that has accumulated I'll take some photos and draw up a complete plan so that things are clearer.

I laid out Withy Jct tonight to see if the plan was OK and surprise, surprise it all fitted so that must bode well for the future. There's a cold snap on the way so I don't think I'll be doing much in the next few days. I'll concentrate on logos.

I did a bit of table thumping at the hospital today and we have an appointment with the chief surgeon in 10 days  time. Not good but better than the 4 months waiting for an endoscope examination and much better than my 10 month wait to see a specialist.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 13, 2017, 08:00:35 am
Thanks for your reply, Brian. That all sounds good news. I sometimes lose posts. I think it happens when two separate people are posting at the same time. Before posting, I copy the text so that I can repost it if it fails.

I'm very pleased that nothing has been 'lost' just re-organised for ease of operation. Yes, it's definitely important to be able to run trains, relax and watch them go by. (I used to do this on my first, roundy-roundy layout.)

I really hope all will go well for you both healthwise. We're all looking forward to the logos as there are now many wagons and vans awaiting them. 8-)
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Post by: Mito on January 13, 2017, 08:54:03 pm
I'll get in contact with you over the weekend re the logos.
Got the cork underlay down this evening so perhaps a little track laying shortly.
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Post by: port perran on January 13, 2017, 08:57:19 pm
Always a good sign when track laying starts Brian.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 13, 2017, 09:35:25 pm
I'll get in contact with you over the weekend re the logos.
Got the cork underlay down this evening so perhaps a little track laying shortly.

Many thanks, Brian. Very good news about the new tracklaying. I need to reply to your previous message and send you the BR anchor and bicycle logos. I should finish a lot more goods rolling stock, this weekend. Most are prepainted wagons and vans for completion by Martin and some of those will then go to you, from me, but not this month, I think.
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Post by: Steamie+ on January 17, 2017, 05:18:50 am
Where does time go?
A quick update.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/47/3659-110117175210-471439.jpeg[/url])
This is the revamped plan. Any comments or suggestions welcomed. The line to the bottom right will go to cassettes, the left hand side will also go to cassettes but will also be connected so that it's a roundy layout. So i have the choice of round or end to end or a mixture. One thing I'm not too sure about is the track between the junction and station. OK or should I make it double tracked? It would make the junction much more complicated and I don't think I'll have enough room for more points. I think I've answered my own question. :doh:

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The carnage of change. :worried:
At least now I can reach everywhere easily and the whole layout is simpler and more manageable. Progress will be slow as it's cold in the shed, yes it gets cold here. Our house is 1,000 ft and very exposed and also I have a rather poorly wife to look after.
At long last my big monitor has been repaired so I must get back to decal making.
SWMBO has just given me permission to search the internet for some bargains. Happy laddie!


Great looking plan Brian, it will a lot easier has you say to reach over. You have very good ideas and i love the way you tell a story about your trains.
Hope you had success with your bargain shopping, you deserve it.      :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mito on January 17, 2017, 08:53:33 pm
Stories give a sense of reality to non reality, if you follow that. ???
Chris in Prague is the story teller of story tellers! :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 17, 2017, 09:13:30 pm
Thank you, Brian. However, you've been able to tell some good stories, too, about Withy Junction, Durnscombe, the local industries and local characters, too and my original inspiration was Martin's stories of Port Perran.
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Post by: Steamie+ on January 18, 2017, 04:48:11 am
Stories give a sense of reality to non reality, if you follow that. ???
Chris in Prague is the story teller of story tellers! :thumbsup:

I think we can all tell a story about something donít you think lol.           :thumbsup:
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Post by: Innovationgame on January 18, 2017, 11:51:22 am
It looks like a good plan.  Do you have a heater in the shed?  I have one with a thermostat and time switch and it stops it from getting too cold.  It runs over night on cheap electricity, but you may not have that available there.  Anyway, good luck with the revised layout.
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Post by: Mito on January 18, 2017, 08:58:06 pm
The problem is that I live off grid and am dependent on solar panels and a generator. Heating is be a wood burning stove or bottled gas heater, so no heating in the shed.
We woke up to this this morning. A very unusual occurrence, the last time about 17 years ago. Snow fell on the beaches here for the first time in 100 years. There was total chaos on the roads with the majority closed for several hours.

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Not a very good photo but it was blowing a blizzard at the time and was taken about 8am. At least our house looks inviting.
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Post by: Innovationgame on January 18, 2017, 09:18:03 pm
A very unusual occurrence, the last time about 17 years ago. Snow fell on the beaches here for the first time in 100 years. There was total chaos on the roads with the majority closed for several hours.
I remember going to Mallorca in December 1979 (or thereabouts) for a bit of Winter sunshine.  It snowed for the first time in 30 years.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 18, 2017, 10:32:20 pm
I hope you're both warm and safe, Brian. We've had some snow, here, more than the last few winters but much less than previous ones some years ago.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 23, 2017, 06:39:47 pm
The early January Penmayne portion of a Withy Junction to Wadebridge goods train, hauled by a "Warship" to Wadebridge, has been photographed at Cant Cove. A portion for Trepol Bay and Port Perran was detached at Wadebridge by the Collett 0-6-0 taking the Penmayne portion forward.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 19, 2017, 07:14:34 pm
Photos. of the connecting trains to Templecombe conveying local  worthies travelling on the Scottish Special for the Great Gathering of A4s, in Perthshire, are eagerly awaited.
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Post by: Mito on February 19, 2017, 09:12:38 pm
They will be posted as soon as possible. I have my wife in hospital at the moment. The surgeon has removed a malignant tumor from her colon. She is doing well but all other things have stopped for the moment.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 19, 2017, 09:53:07 pm
Very glad to read that your wife is doing well, Brian. I do understand. My sincere apologies. I didn't want you to feel that we had left you out.
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Post by: port perran on February 19, 2017, 09:56:34 pm
Best wishes to your wife Brian.
I do hope that she makes a full and complete recovery.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on February 19, 2017, 10:07:21 pm
 :hellosign: Hope your wife recovers fully very soon Brian
     regards Derek.
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Post by: daveg on February 20, 2017, 05:50:38 am
Hope your other half recovers well from the op and is back home soon.

Best wishes to you both.

Dave G
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Post by: Innovationgame on February 20, 2017, 06:54:30 am
We really understand.  Concentrate on the important things for now and get everything sorted before diverting to N-gauge matters again.  Our thoughts are with you.
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Post by: Newportnobby on February 20, 2017, 10:33:29 am
So sorry to hear of your wife's illness, Mito, and hope things improve very soon.
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Post by: Bealman on February 20, 2017, 10:48:32 am
Echoing all above posts. Best wishes.

George
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Post by: Mito on February 20, 2017, 09:03:06 pm
Thanks for all your kind messages. She is over the op now and depending on the result of a blood test could be be on her way home tomorrow or Wednesday. Then the work starts at home! :worried: :)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 20, 2017, 09:37:32 pm
Thanks, Brian, for the update. I do hope that all will go well for your wife and you.

I'm waiting for some items arrive before posting off a long overdue parcel to you.

All the best,
Chris
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Post by: port perran on February 21, 2017, 04:29:15 am
Best wishes Brian.
I do hope your wife comes home and makes a full recovery asap.
Take it easy.
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Post by: Milton Rail on February 21, 2017, 07:31:25 am
Best wishes to you & your wife, hope her recovery is swift & she is on her way home

Cheers,
Andrew
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Post by: Mito on February 24, 2017, 09:54:36 pm
Just to let you know the boss is home and all is well. No further treatment needed.
I've even been given permission to start modeling again! :bounce:
Again, thanks to all who have sent messages.
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Post by: lil chris on February 24, 2017, 09:57:29 pm
Pleased to hear things are better for you, happy modeling again.
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Post by: daveg on February 24, 2017, 10:05:26 pm
Brilliant!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  :beers:

Dave G
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 24, 2017, 10:11:47 pm
That's really excellent news, Brian. I do hope all will be well, now.

I also have some good (but far less important news for you). The items I had been waiting for have arrived and I can, finally, get a parcel off to you. (I'll email you.)
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Post by: Innovationgame on February 25, 2017, 06:21:47 am
Just to let you know the boss is home and all is well. No further treatment needed.
I've even been given permission to start modeling again! :bounce:
Again, thanks to all who have sent messages.
That's really good news Brian.  I hope everything goes smoothly from now on.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Newportnobby on February 25, 2017, 02:57:42 pm
Just to let you know the boss is home and all is well. No further treatment needed.


Wonderful news for you both! :claphappy:
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Post by: Mito on February 25, 2017, 09:37:48 pm
Thanks again folks.

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I celebrated this afternoon and designed a small control panel for the station. Electrically the layout will be very simple, initially with one controller, perhaps later a second one for the short section of double track.

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A diagram of the layout.
The line at the bottom right hand side is for all stops South West,  at the moment to cassettes but possibly in the future extended to make a large roundy around the room, the other line to Bath.
At the left hand side the junction is for a near future extension to Durscombe and Durscombe Sidings. It may connect to make the round the room layout. The two sidings at the top are for industries, possibly a creamery on the right hand siding, the left hand is open to suggestions. They will both be in low relief, there is about 4cm of depth to play with. The line is approx 3 cm above the station.
I'll try and get some photos tomorrow which will show better what I'm trying to do.
The red lines on the control panel are to mark isolating sections using either SPST switches or push to make switches. The green line is a single slip.
At last I think my mojo is coming back.

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Post by: Innovationgame on February 26, 2017, 06:32:53 am
Good to see things happening, Brian.  Keep us posted and some pictures would be great.  I like your idea of leaving things available for future development, that shows great foresight.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on February 26, 2017, 01:24:25 pm
Best news possible about your wife Brian. Many thanks for the updates
       regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 27, 2017, 08:50:36 pm
Good evening, Brian, will these be useful for your control panel?

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Post by: Mito on February 27, 2017, 09:45:19 pm
If you have no use for them, then yes please. I don't have many solenoid operated points, just those at a distance from the station.
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Post by: Mito on February 27, 2017, 09:55:02 pm
I'd hoped to post photos today but housework got in the way. :(
Hopefully tomorrow if I'm allowed a few minutes. It's hard work being a househusband and nurse! :angel:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 28, 2017, 09:41:14 pm
If you have no use for them, then yes please. I don't have many solenoid operated points, just those at a distance from the station.

Thanks for your quick reply, Brian. As I have no present use for them and am trying hard to reduce the piles of model railway items, here, I'll be pleased to include them in the parcel to you.
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Post by: Mito on February 28, 2017, 09:44:21 pm
Some updates. Withy Jct. has been turned through a right angle and stretched a little. I now have the option of a round and round and an end to end, see the track diagram in an earlier post. A second bigger round and round is possible, but that's for the future.

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This the end where eventually the line will go to Durscombe. The two points are 00-9 which are almost identical to electrofrog small radius. This board was the original layout many moons ago. Just a small end of branch line terminus, but things just grew and grew.


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Moving right. The sceniced bit is a leftover from the original and will include the halt.

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Going round the corner to Withy Jct. Here will be a river or canal with a pub alongside.

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Withy Jct. The line to the right will initially go to cassettes but a future idea is to continue it around the room.
The platforms are 10mm MDF. The cork is 3mm so I'll cut out the cork and sink the platforms then put 3mm balsa tops on to give the right height. The bay track will have to be re-aligned better.

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But before I can do that, this little lot has got to be sorted!

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A very sad Durscombe and sidings.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on February 28, 2017, 10:39:00 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates Brian, lots of work ahead- looking good so far
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Innovationgame on March 01, 2017, 06:48:24 am
Thanks for all the pictures, Brian.  They illustrate your track plans very well.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on March 01, 2017, 08:41:26 am
Thanks for the detailed update, Brian, with all the photos. I can see that you've got a lot of scenic work ahead of you. I will be sending some more trees (including the willow trees) amongst the items in the next parcel. (Also some electric 'gas lamps' like mine as I've been given far more than I need, by Jason. So, you should be able to light your station platforms and yards but you'll need to allow for the wiring and transformers.)

I hope you'll be able to get some trains running, again, on at least part of the track where you've got scenery. It will be good to see some connecting trains when you're able to take some photos., although I know you've got other more important tasks which must take priority.

Easter will see the usual program of steam- and diesel-hauled special passenger trains in and to the Southwest. 8-)
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Post by: Mito on March 01, 2017, 08:42:39 pm
Thanks for the comments.
A couple more photos I meant to post last night.

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I don't know if this was the train that left Knotmore St. but this arrived at Withy Jct. The BG and CCT were crammed full of goodies from Perthshire, an A4 wouldn't fit! It's said that the local constabulary were on hand to supervise the unloading. Cider temporally taken second place to more northern beverages.

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Another view with the local Withy Jct. Bournmouth via Templecombe waiting departure in the bay.

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Post by: port perran on March 01, 2017, 08:47:04 pm
Great news re your wife Brian.
And good to see the latest pictures.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on March 01, 2017, 09:36:37 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for the latest photos. from Withy Junction, which are always good to see. The connecting service train from Templecombe for the disembarking passengers did indeed have a BG transferred to it from the special train from Perthshire to Birmingham then the West Country.

Do you already have platform canopies? If not I think I may have a spare pack of Ratio ones.

I'll be posting some photos., taken earlier, of trains to and from Withy Junction including loco. coal wagons.

I managed to find time to paint some rolling stock buffers this morning, but still am very busy at work.
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Post by: Mito on March 01, 2017, 09:59:52 pm
Thanks Chris. I have one canopy half made as is the station building. I bought the Ratio station kit some time ago off ebay quite cheaply. I was thinking of another one cut in half to put against a wall. Let me know what you want for it.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on March 03, 2017, 09:04:00 pm
Thanks for your reply, Brian. I'll include it in the parcel. It is a long free-standing one so not suitable for Cant Cove (or Penmayne) as station canopies (where provided at all) were short and attached to the main station building only.

I'll PM you about the parcel which I now hope to pack and post this coming week.
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Post by: Mito on April 28, 2017, 04:46:15 pm
A long delayed update. I get a couple of hours a week to hide in the train room at the moment. A few pictures of what I've been doing.

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This is the final track layout. I've added a crossing to allow access to the goods yard rather than having to go half way round to let trains reverse in. I don't know if it's prototypical but it works for me.

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The control panel. The frame was rescued from a previous aborted layout. The space on the right will be for a future controller.

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Looking towards Withy Mount. There will be a ruin on the top. The tunnel entrance is a long abandoned line to Bath. There was a land slip which was not deemed worthwhile and too costly to repair. Trains to Bath are now routed via Durscombe.

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Another view towards Withy mount. Ground cover and trees have yet to be added.

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Part of this was used in the original layout though it doesn't show up too well. At the very front is a canal. The base is papier machť ( torn up newspaper and wall paper paste :-[). I find that when I put filler on top the wallpaper paste softens and sticks to the filler and makes a stronger join. There is foam under the paper and around Withy Mount the base is aluminum mosquito netting.
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Post by: port perran on April 28, 2017, 04:49:12 pm
Looking very good Brian.
Thanks for the update
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Post by: cornish yorkie on April 28, 2017, 11:35:59 pm
Hello, looking good Brian  :greatpicturessign: thanks for the updates
    regards Derek.
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Post by: Steamie+ on April 29, 2017, 03:44:51 am
Glad to hear about your Wife Brian, the updates are brilliant, i can see you are very forward looking, itís a great looking layout by the way and i love your little stories that go with the photos. I myself have not done a great deal with my health problems and now Anne is getting worse with her breathing, she is worse then i am at walking, only a hundred yards or less and she struggles, still i think we would be lost with out them, i know i would be.    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 29, 2017, 08:43:27 am
Good morning Brian,

Thanks for the update. It's good to see the revised layout which is looking good. I can now see that I forgot the station canopy kit; it will be in the next, smaller parcel.

Having to setback the train to enter a goods yard is quite prototypical. The station that Cant Cove is inspired by had such an arrangement after the expensive to maintain double-slip was removed in SR days, before the BR SR came into being, let alone the WR take-over.

The weather seems to be improving, again, here, so photos. of the departing trains for Somerset, taken at Cant Cove, are expected, soon. The intrepid passengers, including the "Chelsea Girls", in the transferred ex-GWR autocoach had a long journey! Photos. of the trains' safe arrival are eagerly anticipated. A BR Lined Green Large Prairie was one of the locos. used, from Penmayne.

With Withy Junction and Durscombe now part of the "Fast Freight" network, the first deliveries of brand new Extra-LWB goods stock will soon be employed in bringing local produce between Cornwall and Somerset. A second rake, in additional Cornish (Port Perran and Trepol Bay companies') liveries, plus local Somerset ones, is due early this (1962) summer.
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Post by: Mito on April 29, 2017, 08:42:36 pm
Thanks Chris. When I can "borrow" my wife's computer I'll up date the track plan. I use Linux which Anyrail doesn't support. The crossing now allows me to set back from either direction giving the impression that the trains are within "station boundaries" and not disappearing behind a back scene.
@Steamie+ (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5847) . My wife is similar too. 50 metres and thats it. She has a 52% lung capacity amongst other problems. At least she is a very positive person
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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 29, 2017, 08:48:19 pm
Thanks, Brian. When you have time it will be very useful and interesting to see the new trackplan. For new fans it would be good, too, to repost your map showing where Withy Junction and Durscombe are in relation to Templecombe which is, I hope, a well-known location in SW England. 8-)

Setting back is, as I wrote, a well-used way to access a goods yard off a running line. With Cant Cove, due to the restricted site, there is the additional fun of using a quite short headshunt which finishes over the edge of the actual Cove!
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 22, 2017, 09:07:36 pm
Whilst Sylvia and Eli are in Somerset, on a working holiday, staying in Durscombe (change at Withy Junction), they met the renowned local signwriter who has been engaged to work on the PO wagons and vans and were impressed with his work which they will be showing to the eager representatives of the businesses in Somerset, Dorset, and Cornwall.
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Post by: Mito on May 22, 2017, 09:20:52 pm
A start has been made on designs for local businesses and discussions will be held with other companies as to their needs and ideas. 
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Post by: Mito on June 13, 2017, 04:39:00 pm
Problem, problems. :( Yet another op on my wife that is not going too well. She had a hip replacement repair a couple of weeks ago which is not going well. A question of 24 hour nursing which is taking its toll on me.
Also I've had a plague of rats in the ceiling of the train room. It's made of polystyrene foam and they have made some luxury nests in it. I'm going to have to take the roof off and replace it with something more rat proof. That is going to take time as I'm going to have to carry materials by hand as the shed is 2 terraces above the house with just a path to get there.
So unfortunately for the moment modeling is going to have to take a back seat for a while. Not what I wanted but the problems have to be sorted.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 13, 2017, 05:05:18 pm
Very sorry to read that, Brain. I do hope that all will be well with your wife and that you'll, somehow, be able to get the time to replace the roof on the shed.
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Post by: Innovationgame on June 13, 2017, 05:09:52 pm
Very sorry to read that, Brain. I do hope that all will be well with your wife and that you'll, somehow, be able to get the time to replace the roof on the shed.
Agreed!
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Post by: daffy on June 13, 2017, 06:28:35 pm
Sorry to hear your wife's having a hard time, and my best advice would be to put down some rat bait to kill the critters and keep your energies for her alone for now. The roof can get fixed when she is up and about and well again.

Take care of yourself too.
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Post by: Mito on June 13, 2017, 06:34:35 pm
Sorry to hear your wife's having a hard time, and my best advice would be to put down some rat bait to kill the critters and keep your energies for her alone for now. The roof can get fixed when she is up and about and well again.

Take care of yourself too.

Thanks. We have a dog which is partial to rats and I don't want him poisoned. I do put poison down in the shed and watch carefully to see if the rats escape but living in the country kill one two more arrive.
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Post by: daffy on June 13, 2017, 06:41:35 pm
Yes, I see your point. Traps? :hmmm:

I had rats in my kitchen roof when we lived on a farm, and like you say, the darned things just keep coming.

Any neighbours around to help with the roof?
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 13, 2017, 08:28:25 pm
Very sorry to hear of your issues, Brian, and hope all can be resolved soon.
Without scaring the bejaysus out of me what exactly is involved in a hip replacement repair and what type was the original replacement please?
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Post by: port perran on June 13, 2017, 08:53:04 pm
I do hope your wife is on the mend soon Brian. Tell her to take it easy.
And hope you manage to beat the rats!
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Post by: daveg on June 13, 2017, 09:09:33 pm
Best wishes and hope all turns out well with the op and later, when you have the time, the train room roof.

Know what you mean about rats as we're out in the sticks.

Our big cat has brought two of the horrors, still alive, into the conservatory and I had to corner the things and kill them. Unpleasant!

We worry about putting poisoned traps down as the many carrion feeders could also be put in danger.

Dave G


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Post by: Mito on June 13, 2017, 09:34:25 pm
Very sorry to hear of your issues, Brian, and hope all can be resolved soon.
Without scaring the bejaysus out of me what exactly is involved in a hip replacement repair and what type was the original replacement please?

It's a long story but quickly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
11 years ago she had a hip replacement in the local hospital.  Amongst other things she has scoliosis which wasn't allowed for in the op. Consequently she had 1 leg 2cm longer than the other. For yet another problem she was referred to a teaching hospital in Valencia and because the local hospital would do nothing the senior orthopedic specialist took her on. In the op they changed the angle and position of the ball and socket to try and make the legs equal in length. It's almost impossible to take the shaft out of the femur and he wasn't prepared to do that. It's early days but the legs appear to be better. Now she has 2 badly swollen legs and an enormous swelling on the op site. It's not an infection, at least the local hosp said it wasn't (confidence?). 
I hope I haven't scared you too much. :)
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 13, 2017, 09:48:31 pm
Yikes! Thanks for that (I think). I had a replacement hip about 3 years ago and, rather than metal, it was a composite material but I'm not sure when they first came in.
I really hope your wife's situation improves and that you find the care you need.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on June 13, 2017, 11:53:50 pm
Problem, problems. :( Yet another op on my wife that is not going too well. She had a hip replacement repair a couple of weeks ago which is not going well. A question of 24 hour nursing which is taking its toll on me.
Also I've had a plague of rats in the ceiling of the train room. It's made of polystyrene foam and they have made some luxury nests in it. I'm going to have to take the roof off and replace it with something more rat proof. That is going to take time as I'm going to have to carry materials by hand as the shed is 2 terraces above the house with just a path to get there.
So unfortunately for the moment modeling is going to have to take a back seat for a while. Not what I wanted but the problems have to be sorted.
:hellosign: Best wishes to your wife, hope all goes well very soon
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Steamie+ on June 14, 2017, 08:09:30 am
Really sorry to hear about your wifeís health Brian, i hope you both all the best and things turn out for you, has others have suggested Brian is there any neighbours who could help with the roof. Put your time with your wife 1st Brian and then you will hopefully be able to get back to your layout.

Best wishís to you and your wife Brian.
 
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Post by: The Q on June 14, 2017, 09:59:14 am
I hope your wife gets better soon.

 We too have a rat problem, every year they harvest the field surrounding our garden we get invaded by them. We first knew of the problem, when they eat through the floor of the first shed before I'd even got the roof on. We have a big bucket of rat poison kept in the shed, on one occasion they ate their way through the floor and then ate their way into the bucket of poison!!
 
The total deaths inside the shed are now 5 plus probably more beneath it.
 I have now breeze blocked / concreted the entire surround of the shed at ground /below ground level.

 We have a mobile home in the garden they climbed their way up the bath waste pipe, ate there way through the fibreglass insualtion, through the 1 inch floor, under the bath then put through a fibreglass bath panel! I'm currently working on walling that in too...
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Post by: Mito on July 12, 2017, 03:57:48 pm
The mojo is returning, as is the time to do more as my wife improves.
Iíve got Durscombe sidings laid out at least temporally to see how it looks. Paper planning is not my forte. The line behind is ďDurscombe High LevelĒ the line to Bath. Completing this I now have a round the room layout with the branch to Bath. Whether itís typical Somerset I donít know. Durscombe Sidings is really a fiddle yard or an area to display the stock I have. The high level part has a small transverser with a turntable to turn locos.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-120717145650-53304117.jpeg)
Durscombe Station is hidden behind the backscene with station buildings above the track to hide the exit. The two sidings with coaches will be extnded slightly to take 5 coaches without fouling the points.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-120717145717-533052213.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-120717145740-533062418.jpeg)
The goods shed is a Kestralv one with skylights fitted. As placed there it's more of a transfer shed. I think I'll make a vehicle entrance at one end. It wasn't designed to fit there, purely coincidence.
I downloaded from Wordsworth site a large brick hut. The problem was that all the walls were separate and joined by corner overlays.  I have Gimp which accepts PDFs so I manipulated the images to join the four walls together. I cut the back wall in half and pasted it to the end walls. The join at the back is not good but it wont be seen. I might make another that can be viewed from the back for Withy Jct.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-120717143243-532751703.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-120717154637-533071940.jpeg)
It needs a chimney adding and the watercolour pencils I used haven't covered the white of the paper. New time I'll use wax crayons. It will stop the ink running too. The paper is 220gm glazed which I find easy to work with and easy to cut.
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Post by: Newportnobby on July 12, 2017, 04:53:09 pm
Good to hear your wife is on the mend.
The track layout looks very interesting. Do you have an overall plan please?
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 12, 2017, 05:18:59 pm
Many thanks for this update, Brian, with plenty of very good news. It's good to see substantial progress being made, once more.
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Post by: keithbythe sea on July 12, 2017, 07:40:46 pm
 :thankyousign: Good news on all fronts.
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Post by: Mito on July 12, 2017, 09:32:19 pm

The track layout looks very interesting. Do you have an overall plan please?

No track plan yet but in the fullness of time one will appear. I need one to remember what is what.
The design was based on what I had. Some of those points must be 40 some years old.
The next job is to tweak it slightly and glue all the cork down then start wiring, though this will be very simple using the points to isolate the sidings. I don't envisage using 2 locos at the same time but will isolate one siding through a switch so the yard shunter can rest safely.
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Post by: port perran on July 13, 2017, 06:51:01 am
Good to hear that your wife is on the mend Brian
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Post by: Bealman on July 13, 2017, 06:58:35 am
Good news, and the layout is looking really good. I even spied a Poole Farish gronk in one of the photos. One of my favourite models, even with no outside frames.

At least it clears the platforms!

Looking forward to updates.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Steamie+ on July 13, 2017, 10:40:28 am
Great news Brian on all fronts, great to hear.    :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Post by: cornish yorkie on July 13, 2017, 10:41:21 am
 :hellosign: So glad to hear your good news & thanks for  :greatpicturessign: updates
     regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on July 13, 2017, 05:08:41 pm
Good news, and the layout is looking really good. I even spied a Poole Farish gronk in one of the photos. One of my favourite models, even with no outside frames.

At least it clears the platforms!

Looking forward to updates.  :thumbsup:

I have two gronks, the other blue. It needs a bit of TLC. Like me I suppose. :-[
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Post by: Mito on July 14, 2017, 09:16:37 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/3659-140717205941-53349417.jpeg)

By popular request,? this is the plan of Durscombe. Dimension wise it's not accurate but the layout is. All the points are large radius. The sidings are electrically isolated at the red dot so I can have a train going round and do some shunting at the same time. That is when I get a second controller.
The industries will be decided upon later, not sure where to put Sam's Cider or what size to build it. The industry at the right hand end I want as a scenic block to hide the country scene and a canal.
The tranverser is cobbled together and has a turntable at the end where locos can be turned. The four tracks all connect to the turntable. When that area is a bit tidier I'll post a photo of it.
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Post by: Mito on August 04, 2017, 11:00:22 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-040817224914-540322046.jpeg)
A very belated Christmas cum birthday present. Bought from Dalpol's August specials. It's not been run yet so fingers crossed that all will be OK.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-040817224900-54031805.jpeg)
Arriving from Cant Cove with a rake of four new pallet vans with a mix of Sam's cider and Headland Brewery stock.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-040817224843-540111944.jpeg)
A close up of the pallet vans.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-040817225355-54033532.jpeg)
The yard shunter sorting the wagons.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 05, 2017, 05:43:25 am
Thanks for the excellent photos., Brian. The GWR livery "Manor" is a very nice addition. I hope it will run smoothly after running in. I'm glad to see that the pair of extra-LWB Insulated and Pallet Vans for the "Creech Brewery" arrived safely. There will be a pair of extra-LWB Pallet vans for "Sam's Cider" later to complete the selection. I hope you'll be sble to continue the work at Durscombe when the weather is cooler. We are having a hestwave, too.
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Post by: daveg on August 05, 2017, 07:28:06 am
 :greatpicturessign:

I have two Manors from Ixion. They look lovely and both run very well.

Think that Dapol bought the tooling from Ixion so with a bit of luck, the Dapol version will be just as good.

Dave G
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 05, 2017, 07:58:57 am
I also have a GWR livery "Manor" made by Ixion and it is a lovely little loco.
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Post by: port perran on August 05, 2017, 12:43:47 pm
Thanks for the photos Brian.
I too have a  anor - lovely little loco (despite the cardon shaft arrangement).
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 05, 2017, 01:59:53 pm
I also have a GWR livery "Manor" made by Ixion and it is a lovely little loco.

My L/C Ixion Manor is also a very good runner/looker. Sadly, though, the cardan shaft has pierced the driver and pinned the poor bugger to the firebox :(
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Post by: Milton Rail on August 05, 2017, 03:16:02 pm
Thanks for the updates, though not a GWR man per se, still a good looking loco :)  Hope your wife is back to full health again and you have managed to deal with the ruddy rodents.
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Post by: Mito on August 05, 2017, 07:03:44 pm

 Sadly, though, the cardan shaft has pierced the driver and pinned the poor bugger to the firebox :(

I hope he's claiming for industrial injuries.
Thanks for the updates, though not a GWR man per se, still a good looking loco :)  Hope your wife is back to full health again and you have managed to deal with the ruddy rodents.


The rodents will be dealt with finally when the temperatures go down. We're in the middle of yet another heatwave here with temperatures clocking 40.
My wife is getting better thanks, but it's a slow process.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on August 05, 2017, 11:59:04 pm
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Thanks for posting Brian
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on August 07, 2017, 10:42:50 am
This bridge was designed for another project that has been binned. It's too narrow for a double track so the excuse is that it was built in broad gauge days. But which side? I like the grungy side. Durscombe is industrial, the Somerset coalfield being bigger than in reality so the whole scene is going to be a "working" area. Withy Jct will be the pastoral scene.
I started with the grungy side first by brushing a thin wash of artists acrylics on. The paint "balled up" so in my early morning stupor I sprayed some IPA on. Oops! Quickly washed off but it left some patches. I used some better acrylics, Vallero; and the result was similar to paint corrosion. I used some artists chalks , grey, yellow and orange to give the impression of rust and dirt in the corners then sprayed it with Tamiya flat spray.
One thing I noticed is if you use cheaper pastel chalks they are slightly abrasive and rub them hard on the paint they act like a fine emery paper and the chalks adhere better. It's amazing what you learn from your mistakes.
An aside. I've found yet another use for IPA. Removing chewing gum from clothing. A search on Google produced many results but having some IPA handy I used it with great success. My wife is no longer stuck to her chair. ;)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-070817100709-541021451.jpeg)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/54/3659-070817100702-540682088.jpeg)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 07, 2017, 10:47:44 am
Many thanks for the detailed update, Brian. The bridge with the brewery sign looks excellent.
The space between the platforms and tracks at Cant Cove is wider because the line was originally built as broad gauge from Bodmin Road to Wadebridge and Cant Cove, in my alternative history, (being built earlier than in real life), so I think that is a great explanation for your wider trackbed and bridge at this location. Alternatively, like the bridge at Bechyne, near Tabor, Czech Republic (and one on a former line in Scotland) you can have road sharing the bridge with the rails laid like a tramway, for added interest.
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Post by: port perran on August 07, 2017, 10:56:49 am
That must be a happy release for Mrs Mito!
I do like the bridge.great stuff.
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 07, 2017, 11:30:47 am
The cruddy side works for me, Brian.
Glad you've released Mrs Mito from the chair!!!
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Post by: Mito on August 07, 2017, 05:57:32 pm
Alternatively, like the bridge at Bechyne, near Tabor, Czech Republic (and one on a former line in Scotland) you can have road sharing the bridge with the rails laid like a tramway, for added interest.

I hadn't thought of that. A good idea, I'll give it a try. A question, the light blue wagons, which brewery do they belong to, Headland or Castle?

The cruddy side works for me, Brian.
Glad you've released Mrs Mito from the chair!!!

That must be a happy release for Mrs Mito!
I do like the bridge.great stuff.


It was quite an effort to pull her out! :)

I think I'll use the cruddy side and try as Chris suggests.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 07, 2017, 06:33:59 pm
Glad you like my suggedtion, Brian. I'll try to find a photo. of the Scottish rail and road bridge.
Light blue is "Castle Estates", dark blue "Castle Brewery", black and gold "Headland Brewery", some SWB vans in Martin's livery are expected via me, as soon as Martin paints the bodies.
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Post by: port perran on August 07, 2017, 06:55:46 pm
Glad you like my suggedtion, Brian. I'll try to find a photo. of the Scottish rail and road bridge.
Light blue is "Castle Estates", dark blue "Castle Brewery", black and gold "Headland Brewery", some SWB vans in Martin's livery are expected via me, as soon as Martin paints the bodies.
A task that I must get around to.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on August 07, 2017, 10:03:10 pm
 :hellosign: The bridge is looking really good Brian, I too go cruddy & god bless the IPA for a happy release ;D
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 07, 2017, 10:29:36 pm
Martin is not as keen as I am on painting goods stock (I find it very relaxing and satisfying but end up with too many) but there will be goods stock in all of Martin's PO liveries for "through" running in due course. (I just buy, clean, prepaint and forward them.) So, they will all appear at Durscombe (and elsewhere) looking very nice in the fullness of time. 8-)
The very dark blue ones are in Royal Navy Blue (a fictional livery for goods stock but part of various Cornish backstories. One SWB RN van has already been seen passing through Claverdon.)
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Post by: Mito on August 15, 2017, 10:07:12 pm
The Manor had its first outing today. It runs like a dream, very happy. here are some short videos of it and showing the general untidiness of the room. The green "bridge" is off scene and lets me out of the room without crawling on hands and knees. I have some 009 track and points which I used on the bridge as I had no more proper  track. I have a Minitrix 9F which negotiates the points without difficulty.
I now need to sort out the wiring as the isolated sections are no longer isolated. :doh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfvH6tvv-2E (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfvH6tvv-2E)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LHhs6Dh_lQ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LHhs6Dh_lQ)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7voA23_b9l8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7voA23_b9l8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7hTQXjkFiM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7hTQXjkFiM)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcwSZXizvak (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcwSZXizvak)
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Post by: keithbythe sea on August 16, 2017, 06:57:13 am
Nice videos Brian. I hadn't realised that your layout is so big. Good looking scenery  :thankyousign:
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Post by: port perran on August 16, 2017, 07:56:14 am
Great videos Brian.
Like Keith, I too didn't realise the size of your layout.
Looks really good.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on August 16, 2017, 08:08:22 am
Many thanks for the videos, Brian. It's very good to see your "Manor" at the head of a nice rake of WR Chocolate & Cream Mark 1s. Being able to see all the layout in sequence really shows its extent and the very good scenic work which you have already undertaken. I hope some free time and cooler weather will allow you to work on it more, soon.
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Post by: Train Waiting on August 16, 2017, 03:46:56 pm
Splendid videos, thank you, Brian.

The layout is coming on well and I really like how the long trains 'snake' along.

The GWR passenger train is particularly attractive.

Thanks again and all best wishes.

John

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Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2017, 04:17:48 pm
Good to see the Manor out stretching its legs :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mito on August 16, 2017, 10:19:32 pm
The railway room is about 3.5 m by 2.5m. It is shared with other things that take up valuable modeling space. I have another small den which has my PC and modeling workshop but at this time of year it's like an oven in there during the afternoon. Not being connected to mains electricity means I'm limited to what I can do after the sun goes down. Fortunately we have about 320 sun days per year. That works out to over 3,000 hours of sun. Living a geriatric hippy lifestyle has its pluses, also its minuses.
I view the layout as two separate layouts connected by a bit of track. Withy Jct. is on one side, Durscombe the other. Originally the idea was just Withy Jct. but with less than 60cm depth there wasn't room to have a decent roundy. One of my pet hates is small radii. I know it can't be helped with small spaces but if I can make them bigger then I will. Hence the layout grew and grew. Unless I go outside now it's fully grown. Scenery is my favorite part of modeling. Wiring I struggle with but I'm getting there. The next project is to start scratch building. I have Scalescenes buildings and plenty of sheets of brick and stone so a learning curve is about to begin.
A question. I have oiled the motion of the Manor but the gears on the axles are covered. Do I take the cover off or leave well alone?
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Post by: Innovationgame on August 17, 2017, 06:46:56 am
My advice is don't oil unless you have to.  If the oil gets on the pickups, you could have months of jerky running.  If you do oil, make sure you use specially conductive oil that won't affect running.  There is a single screw at the rear of the gear cover and it clips in at the front.
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Post by: Innovationgame on November 03, 2017, 09:03:12 am
We've not heard anything for a while. I hope everything is OK.
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Post by: Mito on November 03, 2017, 08:16:01 pm
Thanks for your concern. Things have been ticking over but very slowly. Looking after an ailing wife takes a lot of time and by evening I'm too tired to do much except catch up on the forum and make the occasional comment. I appreciate all the threads and enjoy reading them and learning from them even though model railways has been my hobby for most of my life. There are some changes in the offing but financially now I find it very difficult to improve the layout. Most has to be done "in house" which takes a lot longer and the hands are not so good as they used to be. I don't like this old age thing where the brain is at least 30 years younger than the body!
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Post by: port perran on November 03, 2017, 08:20:00 pm
Glad  to hear that you are ok Brian and I do hope your wife isnít too bad.
Keep your spirits up.
Hopefully, you can do some layout work when you are up to it.
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Post by: dannyboy on November 03, 2017, 08:27:31 pm
I hope things are not too bad for your wife Brian and things can improve for you both. At least you are still reading the posts, so keep in touch. I know what you mean about the brain being younger than the body - I worked out that my brain is approximately 38 years younger than my body!  :beers:
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Post by: Train Waiting on November 03, 2017, 08:29:25 pm
Best wishes to you both.

Take care.

John
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Post by: daveg on November 03, 2017, 09:06:14 pm
Ditto!

Dave G
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Post by: Innovationgame on November 03, 2017, 09:11:36 pm
Thanks for your concern. Things have been ticking over but very slowly. Looking after an ailing wife takes a lot of time and by evening I'm too tired to do much except catch up on the forum and make the occasional comment. I appreciate all the threads and enjoy reading them and learning from them even though model railways has been my hobby for most of my life. There are some changes in the offing but financially now I find it very difficult to improve the layout. Most has to be done "in house" which takes a lot longer and the hands are not so good as they used to be. I don't like this old age thing where the brain is at least 30 years younger than the body!
It's when the brain's thirty years OLDER than the body that you need to worry about it!
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Post by: cornish yorkie on November 03, 2017, 10:18:13 pm
 :hellosign: Hoping things improve very soon Brian, best wishes to you both
       regards Derek.
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Post by: keithbythe sea on November 04, 2017, 07:26:44 am
Best wishes to you both. Keep in touch.  :beers:
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Post by: weave on November 04, 2017, 08:00:28 am
Hi Brian,

Ditto to the above. Take care.

Cheers weave  :beers:
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Post by: Mito on November 07, 2017, 06:46:14 pm
You have spurred me into action, thanks.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-071117180821-57855619.jpeg)
Since this was taken I've started to put a surface on the platforms. The base is 10mm MDF board topped with 3mm balsa wood. The surface is Scalescenes platform paper modified. Next time I have the camera in the shed I'll take a photo.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-071117180850-57856222.jpeg)
The station will be over the tracks and the bridge has been shortened to better fit. The two tracks going under it go off scene to an engine servicing facility or carriage sidings. In reality I can put a cassette on the end of the tracks. The rails have joiners soldered on so all I need to do is gently line up the cassette and push the track into the joiners.
Next to the roll of masking tape are some audio plugs which I use to connect a lift out section electrically.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-071117180636-578521931.jpeg)
The bridge is not yet finished but is covered with stone paper and a road surface put on. I need to make some walls to stop cars and pedestrians falling onto the track. The left hand track has been lifted. I'm not sure yet what I'll do, either an overgrown track bed or preparations for re-laying the track. the smaller bride is a track that leads down to the station. There will eventually be a footbridge over the track nearer the station.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-071117180913-57857935.jpeg)
This is an experiment. The sand paper is light grey in colour. I think it's aluminum oxide. I've covered it with acrylic lamp black. It looks better in sitio.
Dinner is ready, feeling lazy tonight so have put a pizza in the oven. Will post more after dinner if I haven't fallen asleep. :sleep:
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Post by: Train Waiting on November 07, 2017, 06:56:07 pm
Wonderful stuff!

Best wishes.

John
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Post by: port perran on November 07, 2017, 07:05:19 pm
Really great to see progress Brian.
Enjoy your pizza.
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Post by: Mito on November 07, 2017, 09:07:35 pm
The pizza wasn't bad. Now I'm full and sleepy!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-071117175011-57850900.jpeg)
Withy Jct is no more, long live Withy Jct.
This plan is of Congresbury on the Cheddar line pre 1949. To the left is to Yatton to the right upper to Blagdon and lower to Wells and Frome. The idea was taken from the summer 1995 edition of the Great Western Railway Journal. I don't know if the magazine still exists. The article is full of information, photos and a track plan. The beauty of this is that it will fit into a space of 2 metres without any compression. The branch to Blagdon was closed in 1960 and Congresbury,  in 1964. It was built by the Bristol and Exeter Railway with the GWR agreeing to work the line for 50% of the gross profits in 1882.
That was reality, in my imagination the line is moved eastwards and forms part of the Bristol Frome line passing through the Somerset coal field so still fits in with my original concept.
As has been said elsewhere, knowing and understanding real railways leads to wanting to be more accurate in your own layout. That's the case here. Whilst the history is somewhat twisted the track plan is reality. It's interesting operationally and in real life there was bi-directional running through the station. I shall perhaps add a couple more sidings as I don't have a fiddle yard but apart from that it will be left as is. A lot of waffle  but I feel that this is achievable. All I need to do now is save up for a scissors crossing!
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Post by: Newportnobby on November 07, 2017, 09:36:28 pm
Good to see you back in action, and the Congresbury plan looks very interesting :thumbsup:
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Post by: port perran on November 07, 2017, 09:46:40 pm
Hope youíve hot  a few panniers to work that line Brian.
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Post by: Mito on November 07, 2017, 09:57:17 pm
Hope youíve hot  a few panniers to work that line Brian.

Two possibly three I think. Most of what I've got is suitable for branch line working.
The most unsuitable is a Minitrix 9F which was one of the first locos I ever bought. When I get round to airing the camera I'll photograph it to put it on the N'porium to help fund the crossover.
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Post by: lil chris on November 07, 2017, 10:41:35 pm
Like the new plan Brian, hope you and your good lady are ok, at least you are in a warmer climate than here, getting cold in this loft already.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 07, 2017, 10:54:21 pm
Lit the fire for the first time yesterday. A cold snap here at the moment, temps below 20c. during the day with a cold wind. Going back up at the weekend. March and April are the worst months here. We are at 1,000ft above sea level and in the winter burn about 6 cubic metres of wood.
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Post by: weave on November 07, 2017, 11:06:59 pm
Hola Brian,

'cold snap', 'temps below 20c'. Are you taking the pizza?  :) We're freezing our mushrooms off here and it's only just begun.

Bit warmer today as it poured with rain  :claphappy:. Frost tonight though so I know I'm going to slip and break something tomorrow. If it's when I come out of the Off Licence, hopefully it'll be just my leg  :D.

Glad to see you back on track. Keep warm and take it easy.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 08, 2017, 12:10:57 am
Temperatures during the summer have been well over 30c. so below 20 is cold!  It's all relative. It's just passed 1am here and 13c out and 21 in. I'll have to look out my woolly underpants. :)
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Post by: port perran on November 08, 2017, 08:43:42 am
Been below double figures here.
Havenít put the heating on yet though.
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Post by: Newportnobby on November 08, 2017, 10:40:05 am
I'll have to look out my woolly underpants. :)

Yeah - winter drawers on :laugh:
Tweed is not recommended as it can be a bit scratchy :hmmm:
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Post by: Milton Rail on November 08, 2017, 05:11:17 pm
Nice progress Brian and good to hear from you again, I hope your wife finds better health soon.

Nice change of direction, track plan looks good
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on November 08, 2017, 06:18:22 pm
I'll have to look out my woolly underpants. :)

Yeah - winter drawers on :laugh:
Tweed is not recommended as it can be a bit scratchy :hmmm:

If it's thorn proof then it's OK  :)
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Post by: David Asquith on November 08, 2017, 06:41:04 pm
You've used that one before Mick.  Lol.  Was it last winter?

Dave
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Post by: Newportnobby on November 08, 2017, 08:16:43 pm
You've used that one before Mick.  Lol.  Was it last winter?

Dave

Your memory is too good, David. It's a fair cop
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Post by: Mito on November 08, 2017, 08:36:02 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-081117184003-57909147.jpeg)
The bridge covered with stone paper, the walls still to be added. The track has now been singled.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-081117184050-579131707.jpeg)
This shows the colour of the stone better. The road is Scaelscenes platform modified in Gimp and the pavement is the platform edging stuck onto cereal packet then stuck on the road surface.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/3659-081117184040-579121898.jpeg)
Withy Jct needs several track laying gangs urgently. :sweat:
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Post by: keithbythe sea on November 09, 2017, 07:58:00 am
Thatís a very cunning solution for the pavement Brian !
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Post by: port perran on November 09, 2017, 11:37:22 am
Looks good Brian.
I hadnít realised the trackwork at Withy Junction was so complex.
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Post by: Mito on November 09, 2017, 06:17:34 pm
Looks good Brian.
I hadnít realised the trackwork at Withy Junction was so complex.

It looks complex because of all the other track that is laid on top of it!
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Post by: cornish yorkie on November 09, 2017, 10:52:18 pm
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks Brian, good to see progress
     regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on November 17, 2017, 06:36:44 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-171117182525-582542121.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-171117182503-5825345.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-171117182154-58248306.jpeg)
New arrivals from Cornwall being shunted at Durscombe.
Thanks folks.
The platform with the suicide leap at the end is a base of 10mm ply topped with 3mm balsa, The balsa was sealed with spray varnish. The surface is modified Scalescenes platform printed onto sticky-back paper. The slope down is made but not fitted.
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Post by: port perran on November 17, 2017, 07:08:16 pm
Looks good.
Lotís of Samís Cider about today.
Iím getting confused!
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Post by: Train Waiting on November 17, 2017, 07:34:18 pm
Me too, Martin, Sam's Cider has a reputation for causing confusion. 

Hic!

John
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Post by: Mito on November 17, 2017, 08:27:43 pm
Looks good.
Lotís of Samís Cider about today.
Iím getting confused!
Me too, Martin, Sam's Cider has a reputation for causing confusion. 

Hic!

John

Now I know it's doing what it was brewed for. :beers: :claphappy:
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Post by: cornish yorkie on November 18, 2017, 04:18:43 pm
Looks good.
Lot’s of Sam’s Cider about today.
I’m getting confused!
Me too, Martin, Sam's Cider has a reputation for causing confusion. 

Hic!

John

Now I know it's doing what it was brewed for. :beers: :claphappy:
Hello  cheers 
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Post by: port perran on November 19, 2017, 07:47:07 pm
Looks good.
Lotís of Samís Cider about today.
Iím getting confused!
Me too, Martin, Sam's Cider has a reputation for causing confusion. 

Hic!

John

Now I know it's doing what it was brewed for. :beers: :claphappy:
Keep the deliveries coming.  :beers:
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Post by: Mito on November 25, 2017, 06:35:09 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-251117181554-585101103.jpeg)
A special leaving Durscombe en route to Taunton via Withy Jct and Frome.
The coaches will be joined at Taunton to a Christmas special from Paddington to Cornwall.
The auto coach at the other platform brought passengers @JanW (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=5017) (names?)from Blagdon to join the special there.
The black "thing" at the bottom of the photo is a point lever by Caboose Hobbies. It's for both OO and N and is sprung so the throw of the lever doesn't destroy the point. I think it will be better when it's dulled down a little or I'll move it away and connect it to the point by wire in tube.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-251117181538-585092327.jpeg)
Seen later passing under the bridge on the Blagdon road. At the moment single tracked but there is talk of doubling the track.
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Post by: JanW on November 25, 2017, 08:20:32 pm
The passengers were Jan and his wife Liz who are on a holiday in Blagdon.
Avtually they come there quite often because they feel connected to the little village.
Earlier this week they arrived at Blagdon: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39520.msg476533;topicseen#new (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=39520.msg476533;topicseen#new)
It seems that there was a problem with the regular 14xx because there was a 45xx on the train. The driver must have been instucted to be very careful, the 45xx exceeds the weight limit for the branch....
All is well by now and the 14xx is back on duty.

 ;) Jan
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Post by: Mito on November 25, 2017, 09:00:53 pm
Thanks, I'm sure that Jan and Liz will enjoy their trip to Cornwall.
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Post by: Mito on December 06, 2017, 06:31:35 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-061217181409-58954132.jpeg)
A busy moment at Durscombe.
The class 42 is just leaving with urgent liquid supplies for Cornwall. They were attached to the timetabled Bristol to Taunton via Durscombe and Withy Jct.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/3659-061217181321-58946966.jpeg)
Another overall view showing the slow progress. The top retaining wall needs to be repaired and a level surface behind so that I can sometime put some low relief terraced houses behind.
The B-set at the LHS is the Durscombe to Bristol calling at all stations waiting to cross to platform 1 when the other trains have cleared the platforms.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on December 06, 2017, 11:22:23 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the photos Brian, any progress is good
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 13, 2017, 09:29:08 pm
:hellosign: Thanks for the photos Brian, any progress is good
      regards Derek.

Vey belated, additional thanks from me, too, Brian. Very nice to see the trains with 'through' stock. The "Manor" and 14xx look very good, too.
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Post by: Mito on December 18, 2017, 10:15:45 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217214404-59467296.jpeg)
The North somerset Chapter of the CLPG not to be out done have laid on a guards van special over the Christmas period. A bribe in the shape of a Christmas tree for Durscombe station gave them permission to run the special during quiet periods. It's also rumored that a couple of crates of Sam's Cider and Creech Ales and some special winter brews from Cornwall also helped. :beers: . A single malt from Scotland is promised to help the New Year in.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217214352-594662251.jpeg)
The tree ready to be unloaded.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217213920-59465457.jpeg)
Having been unloaded the special moves off. With nobody visible on the van platforms there must be some reason for being inside but I can't think what. :doh:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217213805-594642141.jpeg)
Another aerial view. Nobody is quite sure who the photographer is but a tartan hot air balloon was recently seen in the area.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217221126-59469251.jpeg)
The Christmas tree on the platform ready to be decorated.
The railcar is available for those of a more delicate disposition which is running between Durscombe and Withy Jct.

There is good news that in the New Year the major engineering works at Withy Jct will be started, priorty given for an early finish.
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Post by: Innovationgame on December 19, 2017, 06:27:58 am
Nice Christmas Tree.  Are you going to put lights on it?
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Post by: Bealman on December 19, 2017, 06:40:29 am
Just had a look at this after a while. Excellent progress, love the pics!  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Post by: port perran on December 19, 2017, 08:20:55 am
Great to see more photos Brian.
Lookng forward to seeing a decorated tree.
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Post by: Newportnobby on December 19, 2017, 09:56:19 am
Good to see another guards van special.

With nobody visible on the van platforms there must be some reason for being inside but I can't think what.

Maybe because it's cold enough to cause brass monkeys to lag each other?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Innovationgame on December 19, 2017, 04:21:42 pm
Good to see another guards van special.

With nobody visible on the van platforms there must be some reason for being inside but I can't think what.

Maybe because it's cold enough to cause brass monkeys to lag each other?
Cold enough for the cannon balls to fall from the brass monkey onto the ship's deck.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 19, 2017, 04:41:38 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for these latest excellent photos. I hope to photograph a 'brake van special' and the arrival of the Christmas trees, too.

Do you have a SR livery SR 'Pillbox' brake van in that train? If not, I have a spare one, here, for you.
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Post by: Mito on December 19, 2017, 08:53:01 pm
Thanks for the comments. The Christmas tree will be decorated somehow. I've got some multi-coloured foam somewhere but can't find it. Memory lapses are common here  :worried:
Possibly the stoves have been lit in the vans and the passengers are availing themselves of Christmas cheer. :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 19, 2017, 08:58:28 pm
I was also thinking, Brian, that the enthusiasts may be inside the brake vans gathered around the stove and passing around a hip flask or three of brandy 'strictly for medicinal purposes', of course!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 19, 2017, 09:08:08 pm
I was also thinking, Brian, that the enthusiasts may be inside the brake vans gathered around the stove and passing around a hip flask or three of brandy 'strictly for medicinal purposes', of course!

That was my thought too.  :beers:  :pint:
The only SR guards van I have is the second van in the special.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 19, 2017, 09:27:20 pm
I was also thinking, Brian, that the enthusiasts may be inside the brake vans gathered around the stove and passing around a hip flask or three of brandy 'strictly for medicinal purposes', of course!

That was my thought too.  :beers:  :pint:
The only SR guard's van I have is the second van in the special.

Thanks, Brian. So a "Pillbox" van in SR livery will be in the post-New Year parcel, then. They are lovely models.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2017, 07:54:47 am
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both, Brian. I look forward to the next instalment.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 20, 2017, 06:14:04 pm
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both, Brian. I look forward to the next instalment.

And to you too. Installment? :worried: :)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 20, 2017, 06:22:42 pm
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you both, Brian. I look forward to the next instalment.

And to you too. Installment? :worried: :)

Thanks. Installment = update. 8-)
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Post by: Mito on December 21, 2017, 09:25:51 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-211217212048-595791856.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-211217212038-595692171.jpeg)
A couple of not very good photos of a sort of decorated tree. I think the Christmas spirit helped! :beers:
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Post by: port perran on December 21, 2017, 09:32:05 pm
Christmas Spirit?
You mean youíve doused the tree in brandy?
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 21, 2017, 10:47:21 pm
The Christmas spirit never got as far as the tree. It seemed to disappear. As the evening was chilly the decorators needed a little inner comfort. Quite a lottle really.  :whistle:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Train Waiting on December 22, 2017, 08:38:33 am
These are lovely photographs, thank you.

They pretty much sum up the fun of model railways.

Best wishes.

John
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Post by: Chris in Prague on December 22, 2017, 12:24:56 pm
The Christmas Tree looks very fine, Brian. Excellently decorated.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 23, 2017, 11:49:13 pm
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-211217212048-595791856.jpeg[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-211217212038-595692171.jpeg[/url])
A couple of not very good photos of a sort of decorated tree. I think the Christmas spirit helped! :beers:

 :hellosign: Your trees look superb Brian, thanks for the photo
       regards Derek.
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Post by: chrispearce on December 30, 2017, 05:41:21 am
I really do like this thread. The layout progresses well! I am from Bristol originally so I am well familiar with the North ( and South!) Somerset area. In my eary 20s I used to love bombing my Escort Van across the Somerset levels at night and loved exploring the area in general.It's good to see that heritage railway activity is returning to the Midsomer Norton station area and, possibly, Radstock/Frome line. It has been a bit bereft until recently. Keep up the great work!
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Post by: Bealman on December 30, 2017, 05:48:48 am
Love the Christmas tree!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on December 30, 2017, 06:40:31 pm
A bit short on time at the moment as the missus is not too good but hopefully an order should go off this coming week for some bits and pieces to continue.
A Happy New Year to all and may it be better than last year. :beers:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 30, 2017, 06:56:03 pm
A bit short on time at the moment as the missus is not too good but hopefully an order should go off this coming week for some bits and pieces to continue.
A Happy New Year to all and may it be better than last year. :beers:

I do hope your wife will be better soon, Brian, and, also, you'll be able to work on the railway more in 2018. Once several parcels have arrived, a parcel will be going off to you, in January, which will also have the building kits we discussed. Thanks for the nice surprise of which I've just been notified.

Next week, I plan on taking lots of photos. of the various Christmas special trains including "through' workings some of which I hope I can co-ordinate with you as well as Martin.

Wishing you all the best for the coming year.
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Post by: port perran on December 30, 2017, 07:38:23 pm
Hope your wife gets better soon Brian.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 31, 2017, 10:10:56 pm
Hello Best wishes & speedy recovery for your wife Brian
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on January 08, 2018, 06:09:10 pm
A belated Happy New Year to all.
Luck doesn't pass by here very often but before Christmas I sold some things on ebay for considerably more than I thought I'd get. So may I present some of the goodies that have arrived!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173714-603331290.jpeg)
These came from the NGS super sale. Pot luck but they will do very well. A change of company and advertising will make them more local. The mechanical horse will make a very good coal lorry for local deliveries. 

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173718-603341316.jpeg)
Some commercial and private vehicles.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173607-603321418.jpeg)
I've always liked the class 52. A new service will be inaugurated, Bristol - Padington via Durscombe and Frome. A future service to Taunton and the South West is under consideration.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173555-603312144.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173546-60330762.jpeg)
Another favorite of mine with a mixed goods in tow.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/3659-080118173539-602851694.jpeg)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: port perran on January 08, 2018, 07:10:37 pm
Some very nice vehicles there Brian.
And some really nice photographs - I particularly like the final one of the Class 22.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Train Waiting on January 08, 2018, 07:21:33 pm
Many thanks for these splendid pictures, Brian.

I like the 'D1000' 'Westerns' as well.  Although we lived in Ayrshire, my parents had friends in Royal Berkshire whom we visited on occasion.  As soon as I was old enough to be allowed, I borrowed a bicycle and cycled to a spot overlooking the WR main line where I could see them in the middle distance.  I only saw blue ones, though!  I was banned from going further as there was a 'busy road' ahead!  So no numbers or names are recorded.

Thanks again and all the very best.

John
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Post by: port perran on January 08, 2018, 07:47:09 pm
Growing up deep in Western territory in Wiltshire I saw all the Westerns and in all the liveries. Green has always been my  favourite.
I saw some beng built on one of several visits to Swindon works.
The first one I ever saw, aged 9 I believe was D1004 and I remember being struck by the sheer size of the machine. And also that it looked so different to everything else.
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Post by: JohnN on January 08, 2018, 08:00:03 pm
Ans some really nice photographs - I particularly like the final one of the Class 22.
Agreed, that is a particularly good shot. All looking good.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 08, 2018, 09:49:51 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for this excellent update. The photos. show off your scenery and trains very well.

I also have Dapol N - 2D-012-010 Class 22 D6326 BR Green No WP, bought in the early summer, for a good price, then DCC-fitted at Wickness, so D6326 will be working some medium-distance goods trains when it is not running with one of the two B-Sets in early dieselisation days, between Bodmin Road, Wadebridge, and Penmayne. I also think the last photo. of it on the goods train lools particularly good. I can, probably, copy it given the time to find everything!

I'm also a fan of "Westerns" but prefer the "Hymeks", far more of which I saw far more often. However, I agree that, after Desert Sand, "Westerns" looked very good in BR Green. I only have a Graham Farish Class 52 bought DCC-chip fitted, D1023 "Western Fusilier" in BR Maroon and it hardly ever runs as it is much too large a loco. to be seen at Cant Cove. Your D1000 "Western Enterprise" in BR Maroon is nicely weathered, just enough for my tastes and looks good with the BR WR Chocolate & Cream coaches. I'm sure Summer timetable services to and from Cornwall will be very popular.

The road vehicles make an excellent addition. I like the BR Crimson & Cream livery on them. I'm not sure if I have the cab unit and trailer pair. I didn't bother with the NGS "Super Sale" but did buy some scenic items in their earlier sale.
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Post by: Milton Rail on January 09, 2018, 01:46:40 pm

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/3659-181217213805-594642141.jpeg[/url])
Another aerial view. Nobody is quite sure who the photographer is but a tartan hot air balloon was recently seen in the area.


In December, Austin Spindler, the local Perthshire celebrity balloonist, was competing in the bi-annual Somerset Balloon Regatta at Glastonbury, he is well known for combining his balloon flights with his love of railways and takes every opportunity to capture unusual shots from the air, he was delighted to see some activity at Durscombe
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Post by: Milton Rail on January 09, 2018, 02:50:43 pm
Great updates Brian, some great photos... D6313 is periodically seen in Perthshire (where rule 1 is alive and well)

Glad you got some bargains in the super sale, I did too, added a fair few busses and vehicles, been a great success for the NGS thankfully - I now have some plaster cast low relief buildings though... just have to find somewhere to use them!
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Post by: Chris in Prague on January 09, 2018, 09:41:02 pm
NB Type 2 D6313 was, for nearly all its working life, allocated in the Southwest:
It was New 12/01/1960 to 83D (Plymouth) Laira, remaining there for 7 years [the normal time period for Cant Cove ending in 1967]
83A Newton Abbot 31/01/1967 (briefly)
82A Bristol Bath Road 28/02/1967 (not for long)
83A Newton Abbot 31/05/1967 (not for long)
82A Bristol Bath Road 30/09/1967 (longer)
84A (Plymouth) Laira 01/06/1968 (returned)
Withdrawn: 03/08/1968

Following withdrawal, it was purchased for preservation, being moved to Perthshire.

D6326, which frequently hauls trains between North Cornwall and Somerset, has a rather different history.
It was New 16/05/1960 83D (Plymouth) Laira, remaining there for less than a year, but returning in 1962 for over a year.
83A Newton Abbot 28/01/1961
83D (Plymouth) Laira 24/03/1962
81A Old Oak Common 28/09/1963 (eight years)
84A (Plymouth) Laira 22/05/1971
Withdrawn: 03/10/1971
It was not preserved in North Cornwall, unlike D6348 in BR Green SWP and D6318 in BR Blue LWP livery.
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Post by: Mito on February 04, 2018, 09:38:40 pm
Not a lot happening at the moment. It's too cold in the cave.
I've started a new thread in Layout planning for some advice and ideas. It's much warmer sitting in front of a computer with a wood stove going full bore next to you 8)
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40301.new#new (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40301.new#new)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on February 05, 2018, 07:56:38 am
Thanks for the update and the link, Brian. I hope the weather and temperatures will improve soon for you.
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Post by: Mito on April 26, 2018, 09:09:19 pm
Still not a lot happening on the modeling front. I've started wiring up the revamped Withy Jct. which hopefully will allow me to soon start running trains again. A major clean of the track is necessary first.
I'm trying my first etched brass kit, a Peedie Models footbridge. I'm not too happy with the results so far. I need to improve my soldering skills. I also bought some benches, tables and station trolleys from him as well. So small!
Thanks to CIP I have almost finished making up some Kestrel kits, Photos shortly when they are finished.
It's getting a bit warmer now so I'll be able to spend more time on the layout.
I bought a laser printer recently which I'm experimenting with. To me, it prints better than my inkjet printer and an added bonus is I can now print windows on acetate so long as it's not white. I saw recently you can now buy white toner for laser printers, the problem is it costs about GBP350 per refill.  Decals next, the decal paper has just arrived.
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Post by: Innovationgame on April 27, 2018, 06:35:08 am
Since switching to a laser colour printer, I would not be without one.  The cartidges are quite expensive, but well worth it.
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Post by: Milton Rail on April 27, 2018, 07:17:15 am
I second your comments on the pleasure to be gained from a wood burning stove when all around is cold!

Look forward to seeing the results of your brass kit work, I tried doing some simple tram track from Nbrassloco's and while I got the components bent to the right shapes, it was me that got bent out of shape trying to glue them together!
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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 27, 2018, 10:10:18 pm
Many thanks for the welcome update, Brian. I'm glad the Kestrel plastic railway building kits are nearing completion and look forward to seeing them, in place, in due course. I hope you're able to complete the station footbridge kit to your satisfaction. Another special train is scheduled to leave for Withy Junction, soon, behind D6326. (It is one of a few small parcels waiting for me to find the time to pack and post, I'm sorry to say.)

We're all really looking forward to seeing the first of the decals to complete our PO goods vehicles. They will make a really big difference. I'm sure we'll be happy to contribute to the cost of printing them. (I recently paid another friend to have a duplicate special sheet of coaching stock running numbers, etc., printed in BR cream.) I must send you the Cant Cove station building diagrams for the windows.
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Post by: Mito on April 27, 2018, 10:37:18 pm
If we get some sunshine this weekend, rain is on the cards, I'll try and print some decals to compare with the ones I already have. I don't have a sun powered printer, we live off grid, power coming from solar panels and the occasional use of a generator. I don't like using the computer with the generator as surges will damage the computer. I've already had to replace a couple of PSUs  and a mother board because of this.
No problem with the parcel. I've run out of storage space. There's too much junk under the layout.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 28, 2018, 10:16:39 am
Thanks, Brian. Can't you get something (I forget what they are called but I remember they were combined in back-up external emergency power supplies for PCs where I once worked) to protect your PC from power surges?

There will only be a couple of small items coming; no more big boxes! 8-)
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Post by: Innovationgame on April 28, 2018, 10:21:00 am
Thanks, Brian. Can't you get something (I forget what they are called but I remember they were combined in back-up external emergency power supplies for PCs where I once worked) to protect your PC from power surges?

There will only be a couple of small items coming; no more big boxes! 8-)
What he needs is a UPS (uninterruptable power supply).  Bu it needs to be a good one.  The cheap ones can let you down and, worse still, cut off when the power is running normally.
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Post by: Mito on April 28, 2018, 08:43:54 pm
Thanks for the info. I have a UPS on the computer but it didn't save the computer on one occasion. I now have the big computer on a separate inverter with its own batteries so fluctuations from the house will not affect it. The system seems to be working well (touch wood)
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Post by: Mito on April 28, 2018, 09:10:07 pm
Just thought you might like to see some organized chaos! :no:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/3659-280418210326-64734782.jpeg)
I think it will all work when finished. :hmmm:
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Post by: Newportnobby on April 28, 2018, 09:20:46 pm
Yikes! :goggleeyes:
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Post by: daveg on April 28, 2018, 10:04:24 pm
Gosh!

Looks quite tidy to me.

If I showed a photo of my room currently it'd carry a health warning!  :worried:

Dave G
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Post by: Chris in Prague on April 28, 2018, 10:25:12 pm
Thanks for that Brian. By comparison, all the wiring under Cant Cove looks organised! 8-)
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Post by: Mito on April 28, 2018, 10:36:33 pm
The wire on the top is spare and off cuts. Once the control panel is fixed down the spaghetti it won't be seen. :)
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Post by: port perran on April 29, 2018, 12:00:09 pm
Wow. Well beyond me Iím afraid.
Just glad it works.
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Post by: wookie on April 29, 2018, 08:02:33 pm
It looks very well organized to me!
Tracing individual wires under mine is like doing one of those maze puzzles in a crossword book  :'(
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Post by: Mito on April 29, 2018, 08:48:52 pm
Wow. Well beyond me Iím afraid.
Just glad it works.

It doesn't yet :(
I'm making a diagram on the computer with all the wiring colour coded and each isolated section section lettered so I know, in theory, which wire goes to where.
Wiring is not my strong point but connecting up one section at a time and testing it so far has proved successful. A little more to do and it should be finished soon.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on April 29, 2018, 11:45:40 pm
 :hellosign: I`m sure with your patience & understanding all will soon be well
      regards Derek.
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Post by: lil chris on April 30, 2018, 12:17:08 am
Looking good there Brian, like the wiring, I am surprised Mick has not offered to help you with it. Seriously I am  having fun with wiring for my control panel, I am waiting for some connectors from Rapid then it should be fixed.
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Post by: DaveGlew on April 30, 2018, 06:38:13 am
 :thankyousign: Nothing wrong with that wiring as I can see.... clearly work in progress...... mine looks very similar at the moment but nothing a bit of lacing twine won't fix. Will be interested to see your panel as it progresses.... one of my favourite construction tasks.
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Post by: Mito on May 01, 2018, 10:16:38 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/3659-010518215935-648401281.jpeg)
What chaos? Everything is perfectly tidy. :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/3659-010518215946-648411430.jpeg)
A little bit of terrain testing to see how things look. I'm quite happy with this though I think that the bridge on the left will become a short tunnel. The idea is to hide the curve from front to back.

I think the wiring is complete now. I've yet to put a meter on all the track to check it and resolder some wires so I can run a complete circle. I did have one problem with the single slip. I had a dead short which affected the whole layout. After a very pleasant meal out at our favorite Italian restaurant complete with liquid refreshment and a grappa to finish I solved the problem. I use vero board to make connections and on the connections to the slip I managed to bridge the spacing between the tracks. A couple of strokes with a file solved it. It all goes to prove that alcohol improves the eyesight.  :beers: (Still waiting for the wine smiley) I must confess though, I'm waiting for some new specs which I hope will make things even better.
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Post by: weave on May 01, 2018, 11:13:29 pm
Hi Brian,

Looking good now the spaghetti has all gone (someone had to say it). I often find I can get more done after a few 'inspirationals' as I like to call them (there's only a fine line window though).

Grappaiela Sabatini, now that takes me back, two of us staggering down Wimbledon High Street  :D.

Sorry, I'll get me horse's head.

Seriously, great stuff and looking forward to more.

Vino tinto clinks weave
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Post by: daveg on May 02, 2018, 06:37:49 am
Always a most satisfying bit when you start setting out the terrain.

Looking a good and a very neat, built in control/mimic panel.

Keep the updates coming.

Dave G
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Post by: keithbythe sea on May 02, 2018, 07:42:49 am
I like the way the scenery is shaping up.  :thankyousign:
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Post by: port perran on May 02, 2018, 08:06:43 am
Those pictures are excellent.i like the way that you are creating a feeling of space.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 02, 2018, 08:10:25 am
Thank you very much, Brian, for this update with the photos. I also agree that the scenery arrangement looks good. You do have a good amount of space. I'm glad that you think that you've completed the wiring. So, soon you can be running some more trains. 8-)

What is the name of the pictured location, please?
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Post by: Train Waiting on May 02, 2018, 08:49:52 am
It's looking excellent.  I'll be following your landscape development with keen interest.

John
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Post by: Mito on May 02, 2018, 09:02:35 pm
Thank you all. This is the revamped Withy Jct. It is based on the track plan of Congresbury post 1949. It is about scale length. The limiting factor is the geometry of the points. I found the plan in a Summer 1995 copy of Great Western Journal bought years ago on an infrequent visit to Britain. The article includes photos but the architecture of the station buildings is complex and I don't think I'll be able to copy it at all well. I don't know if I can post copies of the article here though I'd have thought that the copyright was almost out of time.
I had another wiring problem today, again solder connecting two tracks on the vero board. It's wiring that controls the single slip. All sorted now. Just got to buy some more twin cable and modify some wiring and hopefully all done. I've attempted a bit of cab control to be able to run two trains through Withy Jct. so possibly all will be finished tomorrow. Wiring is not a job I particularly enjoy.
Afterwards something completely different. Decals.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 02, 2018, 09:17:20 pm
That's excellent progress, Brian. I look forward to seeing some trains running. There have been plenty of special trains, recently, and you have quite a lot of rolling stock that Martin and I also both have so, when I'm less busy (only a few more weeks to go) I can post some corresponding photos.

Alas, I would not risk scanning and publishing anything directly on the forum but there are ways of sharing material privately. 8-)

For publications originating in the UK or other European countries, broadly the copyright period is the author's lifetime + 50 or 70 years. The problem this poses with magazines is that you would need to ascertain the dates of death of all the writers, photographers and artists who contributed to each edition in order to find out whether overall the work could be still in copyright. On the plus side, in the UK, copyright in the actual typographical layout of the published editions only last for 25 years from the end of the year in which it was published. In other words, reproducing the magazine article by scanning it would not pose any problem, but you would still technically need permission to re-publish the individual article and illustrations; unless you were absolutely sure the authors had died more than 70 years ago i.e. prior to 1942.
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Post by: Mito on May 02, 2018, 09:35:53 pm
Thanks for that Chris. You have a copy of the article and if anybody else wants one PM me and I'll send a copy. It's 18 pages long.
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Post by: Mito on May 06, 2018, 08:49:23 pm
A couple of photos turned up on Farcebook that might be of interest.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-060518203346-650061614.jpeg)
The driver was going bananas having received instructions to take the railcar to a banana festival somewhere in the North. A container of Sam's Cider was attached to educate those Northerners. :)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-060518203412-650101977.jpeg)
Embarrassingly a special carrying enthusiasts to the Banana weekend was delayed while the rescue team was sent out to re-rail the front bogie. Some vandal left a large stone on the track just outside Durscombe station. Could it be the work of someone wanting to discredit the GWR?  Fortunately the BG was well stocked with local produce, an excuse to lighten the load for a faster trip north :beers:
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Post by: port perran on May 06, 2018, 08:53:44 pm
Excellent photos Brian.
Letís hope that the track gang can get the Manor re-railed with due haste.
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Post by: Mito on May 06, 2018, 08:58:09 pm
The wiring is almost finished, It has taken me a lot longer than I thought. Mainly modifying the technical errors I made. :no:. I think stronger words are needed but as this is a family forum...........

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-060518203433-650111467.jpeg)
Self explanatory. The spaghetti is well hidden! The holder for the controlled is a 50mm PVC pipe joiner. If I can find an offcut of electrical conduit, that would be better.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-060518203456-65012950.jpeg)
Storage facilities. I need more space! The box on the right is full as well and there's a box below full and some hidden away waiting for attention.   
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 06, 2018, 09:11:17 pm
Thank you, Brian, for these excellent photos. Always good to see some trains at Withy Junction and Durscombe.

The return journey from the Gala will be one train with portions 'dropped' at Templecombe and Wadebridge. It is hoped that the preserved "Manor" will be waiting at Templecombe to take the local enthusiasts home or will it be the "Western" instead?

The GWS (Bodmin) is waiting to hear whether their 43xx No. 6397 or their "Manor" 7816 "Frilsham Manor", will relieve NB Type 2 D6326 and its crew at Exeter or Wadebridge. Either is cleared to work beyond Cant Cove to Penmayne.
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Post by: Train Waiting on May 06, 2018, 09:15:05 pm
Many thanks, Brian.  I enjoyed these photographs.  Thank you for the Sam's Cider, some of which actually made it here.  It was absolutely excellent on a hot day.  Please consider some Northerners to be successfully educated.  Thankfully, the 'Manor' has just dropped two wheels of its bogie.  A bit of jacking and packing will soon do the trick.

John
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 06, 2018, 09:40:00 pm
The wiring is almost finished, It has taken me a lot longer than I thought. Mainly modifying the technical errors I made. :no:. I think stronger words are needed but as this is a family forum...........


This one (being of an extremely nervous disposition) thanks you for not posting graphic pictures of wires hanging everywhere.
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Post by: Mito on May 06, 2018, 09:52:00 pm
Wait until I post photos of the other station ::)
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 06, 2018, 10:23:22 pm
Wait until I post photos of the other station ::)

 :stop: :no:
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Post by: keithbythe sea on May 07, 2018, 07:40:18 am
I like the rolling stock storage solution Brian. It has given me some ideas...  :thankyousign:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 07, 2018, 07:47:52 am
I like the rolling stock storage solution, Brian. It has given me some ideas...  :thankyousign:

I agree, it looks excellent and not too expensive to make.
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Post by: Mito on May 07, 2018, 09:18:31 pm
I get three 60cm lengths plus a short length for locos (still to be made) from a bought length of conduit. I cut the fixing clip off the top otherwise it's too narrow. 60cm holds 4 coaches and is the maximum length I can have. There's no track, I have two lengths with track for connecting to the layout. The ends of the sidings have fishplates soldered to their ends and the track in the cassettes extends slightly so it can connect to the sidings physically and electrically. The track is held down with double sided sticky tape. I'll post some photos tomorrow to better explain.
Got major problems with the wiring :(. Back to the drawing board tomorrow. I have a short somewhere and and sections that are controlled by two controllers, aren't! It doesn't matter which way the switch is set, there's no change of controller. I think I've sorted that in my mind and it's possible the short will go when the modifications are made. Exciting updates tomorrow. :)
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Post by: daveg on May 08, 2018, 07:34:10 am
I have thought of doing some sort of rake storage for a while so look forward to your more detailed info.

The two controllers challenge and the occasional short are things I have myself and not being that brilliant with electricals, sorting them out tend to take a while. I often look back on advice previously given when the solution isn't too obvious to me. I'm thankful that I've kept supplied notes and sketches!

Hope the problems are easily resolved.

Dave G
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 08, 2018, 08:19:25 am
I look forward to the update, Brian, and hope that you get the electrical problems sorted out, soon.
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Post by: Milton Rail on May 08, 2018, 09:06:28 am
Thanks for the update Brian, I have the same method of storage, not as well protected as yours are mind!

I added rail to the conduit and used the Kato/Peco transition pieces to connect to the system (with the locking tabs removed).
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Post by: Mito on May 08, 2018, 08:38:22 pm
Well I sorted the short out, then I sorted the short out then I..............  Back to basics tomorrow. I see what the problem is but I need to redesign or rather rewire a lot of the panel. Not my favorite pastime!
Photos tomorrow. I can't hold a soldering iron and a camera at the same time. :doh:
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Post by: port perran on May 08, 2018, 08:43:10 pm
Well I sorted the short out, then I sorted the short out then I..............  Back to basics tomorrow. I see what the problem is but I need to redesign or rather rewire a lot of the panel. Not my favorite pastime!
Photos tomorrow. I can't hold a soldering iron and a camera at the same time. :doh:
Why ever not?
You have two hands  :D
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 08, 2018, 08:56:03 pm
I hope you get it all fixed, tomorrow, Brian, and the trains running.
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Post by: Mito on May 08, 2018, 09:14:28 pm
Well I sorted the short out, then I sorted the short out then I..............  Back to basics tomorrow. I see what the problem is but I need to redesign or rather rewire a lot of the panel. Not my favorite pastime!
Photos tomorrow. I can't hold a soldering iron and a camera at the same time. :doh:
Why ever not?
You have two hands  :D
I think it could be something to do with the wine. :-\ The soldering iron has  inflicted GBH on my fingers many times and the camera is my wife's so if anything happens to that I shall be severely dealt with.  :worried:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 08, 2018, 09:24:19 pm
I agree, Brian. MUCH safer to do one thing at a time!
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Post by: daveg on May 08, 2018, 09:47:09 pm
Drink the wine and consider the various options, such as buying something prewired from Brimal!  :doh:

I more than understand how frustrating it can be and have one weird short that still has my few remaining brain cells befuddled.

Hope you find the offending bit of wire.

Dave G

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Post by: wookie on May 09, 2018, 04:44:40 pm
Photos tomorrow. I can't hold a soldering iron and a camera at the same time. :doh:

Sounds a pretty poor excuse to me  :P
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Post by: daveg on May 09, 2018, 04:52:44 pm
It's Tomorrow already!

 :photospleasesign:

 :D

Dave G
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Post by: Mito on May 09, 2018, 09:13:07 pm
Sorry about the lame excuses! I'll try better next time.
I think I've cracked the problem. I originally wired up for a single controller and then decided that a second controller would be a good idea to watch trains passing at Withy Jct. That's when the problems started. I went back to basics and rewired the switches. What I didn't take into account was the single slip. That was wired for a single controller and that was the cause of the shorts. I've now almost completed the rewiring of this and on a final check tonight there was no short. So fingers or any other part crossed that everything works tomorrow.
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Post by: port perran on May 10, 2018, 09:08:43 am
Hopefully all is ok now.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 10, 2018, 04:43:09 pm
Hopefully all is ok now.

Seconded!
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Post by: Mito on May 10, 2018, 08:40:57 pm
Er no, everything is not OK. I was checking everything this afternoon when my new Pictroller suddenly went bang and a lot of smoke came out. I'm going to have to send it back to get some more smoke put in  :no:
With one controller there's no problem but there's still a short which I can't locate. I'm outside my comfort zone now so I think I'll go back and just use one controller. At least there'll be less spaghetti under the control panel.
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Post by: daveg on May 10, 2018, 09:08:56 pm
I have almost all my droppers connected to what I probably incorrectly call a bus via Plug and Socket Terminal Strips.

This lets me break a connection and check things out should when I have a problem.

I have one problem on a spur that needs investigating but I know I can easily isolate the section - I hope!

Dave G
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Post by: cornish yorkie on May 14, 2018, 09:21:43 pm
 :hellosign: Hope all is now sorted out to your satisfaction Brian
     regards Derek
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Post by: Mito on May 15, 2018, 08:38:18 pm
:hellosign: Hope all is now sorted out to your satisfaction Brian
     regards Derek
I think things are sorted now, but whether to my satisfaction I don't know!
While the new controller is away being repaired I thought I'd try an old Triang controller. If that goes bang, no problem. It has worked but now no and I've done nothing to it. Another thing to sort out. :doh:
A bit of track cleaning tomorrow to see if a loco will run. Don't hold your breath!
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 15, 2018, 08:53:08 pm
Sorry to read about your problems, Brian. I hope that you can get the controller problems sorted out, soon. I'd be very cautious about using an old Triang controller with N Gauge locos., particularly your new Dapol "Western". OLd Graham Farish locos. MIGHT be OK, but I would not risk it. But, I'm no expert and others may well know better?
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Post by: port perran on May 15, 2018, 08:55:28 pm
:hellosign: Hope all is now sorted out to your satisfaction Brian
     regards Derek
I think things are sorted now, but whether to my satisfaction I don't know!
While the new controller is away being repaired I thought I'd try an old Triang controller. If that goes bang, no problem. It has worked but now no and I've done nothing to it. Another thing to sort out. :doh:
A bit of track cleaning tomorrow to see if a loco will run. Don't hold your breath!
Oh but I am.
I hope that loco runs ok so that I can breathe easily.
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Post by: Mito on May 15, 2018, 09:03:52 pm
Sorry to read about your problems, Brian. I hope that you can get the controller problems sorted out, soon. I'd be very cautious about using an old Triang controller with N Gauge locos., particularly your new Dapol "Western". OLd Graham Farish locos. MIGHT be OK, but I would not risk it. But, I'm no expert and others may well know better?

I have an old "test loco" which I use to test everything first. My other controller is an old Doverbeck which for it's age, about 40 years old, does a very good job. One of the reasons I bought a Pictroller was that it will operate all types of motor, or so says the blurb.
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Post by: Mito on May 19, 2018, 09:47:15 pm
Well I think things work, at least with one controller. I spent the afternoon testing various locos round and round. A few problems with point blades not making good connections, a couple of fishplates loose but apart from that all OK.
I've downloaded a video editing program which I'm trying to get the hang of but here are a couple of rather poor first attempts.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8TBkpaPxZ8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8TBkpaPxZ8)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq58HUg7j5g (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq58HUg7j5g)
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 19, 2018, 09:52:07 pm
Very good. I like the pannier and 'B' set :thumbsup:
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Post by: Mito on May 19, 2018, 10:11:43 pm
Another offering. Taken a couple of days ago. Again, not good quality. I use my wife's point and shoot. My camera is so old it doesn't have a video facility.
I thought if the s was removed from the https the video appeared in the post. What am I doing wrong?
http://youtu.be/GFQNTYn-V1I (http://youtu.be/GFQNTYn-V1I)
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Post by: Newportnobby on May 19, 2018, 11:00:07 pm
If you click on the 'YouTube' button on the font toolbar (2nd row down and 2nd from the left) it appears in your post and then you just paste your YouTube link in between the brackets. It will then appear in your post
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Post by: cornish yorkie on May 21, 2018, 12:30:03 am
 :hellosign: Thanks for the videos Brian, always good to see trains running
        regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 21, 2018, 06:00:56 am
:hellosign: Thanks for the videos Brian, always good to see trains running
        regards Derek.

Seconded! It's good to see some reasonably long trains having a good run, Brian.
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Post by: Mito on May 21, 2018, 08:53:12 pm
A break from testing and wiring today. I have at long last started on producing decals. I don't think I can call it design. Nothing to show yet but I think I've got Sam's Cider sorted and have started on Castle Breweries, so far for a van. Proofs for comment will follow in due course. Ideas please for other Cornish, Scottish or where ever companies, or a decal swap!
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Post by: port perran on May 21, 2018, 08:55:01 pm
Sounds fascinating Brian.
The directors of the Headland Brewery are watching with interest.
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Post by: weave on May 22, 2018, 06:18:20 am
Hi Brian,

Great that you've started the decals. I still can't remember what the plan was/is but will need some over 'ere in Brittany when your ready so please don't forget me.

I only seem to have 'through' containers but they'll need some and also have market stall gazebo things for my future beer and cider festival which could do with a bit of advertising. It'll be embracing cider from the West Country, Ireland and Spain as well as the local brew but a Sam's cider one would be a great start.

Can chat about that but looking forward to your results and how you did it.

Cheers weave  :beers:
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Post by: Mito on May 22, 2018, 03:53:00 pm
I'm making them for those who want them either in file format or printed. There are a lot of businesses so it will take time. I really would appreciate a little input as to what folks want and the type of design to suit their business. I hope by the weekend I can post some ideas and possibly wagons suitably adorned.
In such a small scale the raised relief on the wagons is enormous compared to reality. Experiments with an ink jet printer were not a success as so much setting solution had to be used it soaked through to the printing and smudged it all. Without the solution the decals don't bed down properly. On a flat surface there's no problem. If there are any decal experts out there help tips would be very useful.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 22, 2018, 08:53:49 pm
I'm making them for those who want them either in file format or printed. There are a lot of businesses so it will take time. I really would appreciate a little input as to what folks want and the type of design to suit their business. I hope by the weekend I can post some ideas and possibly wagons suitably adorned.
In such a small scale the raised relief on the wagons is enormous compared to reality. Experiments with an ink jet printer were not a success as so much setting solution had to be used it soaked through to the printing and smudged it all. Without the solution the decals don't bed down properly. On a flat surface there's no problem. If there are any decal experts out there help tips would be very useful.



Many thanks, Brian. It's a long time ago, but I think I sent you the graphics for my brands? For the Peco Extra-LWB vans and grain hoppers a plasticard brand board the same size as the oblong on the grain wagons would be best for mounting the transfers, I think. I suggest you experiment with the boards for your brewery grain hoppers, first, as you have the transfers ready?

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/chrisinprague007/NR-P65_11321_Qty1_1_zpsf4ei0gxu.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/chrisinprague007/NR-P65_11321_Qty1_1_zpsf4ei0gxu.jpg.html)

Maybe smaller boards could be affixed to the SWB vans and wagons, too? Then just the vehicle numbers and other data could be direct transfers to the lower side?
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Post by: Mito on May 22, 2018, 09:44:28 pm
Yes I've got yours. I'm having to modify them slightly to fit the wagons. I made some temporary boards for the grain wagons and a similar small board would be a good idea for the pallet wagons. Running numbers shouldn't be a problem, very small but I think the printer will cope. Being somewhat ignorant on such matters, I need more info on the numbers, siting them I can refer to photos.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on May 26, 2018, 10:28:41 am
Good morning Brian, for the vans with split doors the 'branding board' (white plasticard oblong) should have a vertical divide and only be as long on either side of the centre as the doors so that they could be opened.  So the transfer should allow for the central split. For the open wagons with central doors, the main branding board can be mounted top left on the bodyside with a second board, if required, mounted top right. Individual vehicle running numbers can be random four-figure ones, like 0001, etc. with LOAD 12T, 16T, etc. There should also be RETURN TO plus the name of the home station. The branding board should include a local telephone number, e.g. Wadebridge 1234 for Cant Cove PO goods stock. Martin has mythical 'phone numbers for most, if not all, of his companies, I think.

The "Bass" and "Worthington" vans can provide some ideas for text and positioning.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20PECO-Nr-p131-N-Gauge-Vent-Van-Bass_zpsdf2qpraw.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/RLY%20-%20MODEL%20-%20PECO-Nr-p131-N-Gauge-Vent-Van-Bass_zpsdf2qpraw.jpg.html)
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Post by: Mito on May 26, 2018, 08:42:20 pm
Thanks Chris. More information to assimilate! I've not done much with decals as my big monitor gave up the ghost. My small monitor is too small. A new one should be here on Monday.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 01, 2018, 08:17:04 pm
Very sorry to read that you're having problems with the big monitor. I do hope that you've now got a replacement and can continue your work on the transfers, soon.
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Post by: Mito on June 01, 2018, 08:44:55 pm
The new monitor has arrived and had a quick test and seems to be OK. Back to decals next week. Been doing a bit of scenery at Withy Jct. I'll post some photos of work in progress shortly.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 01, 2018, 08:56:48 pm
I look forward to seeing the photos. of your scenic work, soon, Brian. Glad the new monitor seems to be fine.
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Post by: Mito on June 02, 2018, 09:48:57 pm
A few photos of progress made in the last few days

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-020618212139-659731358.jpeg)
I use 5cm insulation foam for the base, roughly carved to shape. I have a band saw which I use for this. Much easier than a knife, though a bread knife comes in handy sometimes. The foam is stuck down with white glue and wooden skewers pushed through for strength. This is all covered with paper machť stuck with diluted white glue. This smooths out the rough edges of the foam.
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-020618212155-659891933.jpeg)
The final covering is a cellulose filler. I have some powder for concrete which I mix in. The original was brown which has come out a shade of purple so experimenting I added some yellow in various proportions until I got a sort of chocolate colour. When the photos were taken everything was still damp. It will dry a lighter colour. As it's setting I go over it with a damp sponge to smooth it out.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-020618212252-65990239.jpeg)
A not very good photo. The darker bit in the middle is a reclaimed piece which will be blended in.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3659-020618212306-65991165.jpeg)
The other end of Withy Jct.. Starting to put in an over bridge. I'll have to make another as this is beginning to disintegrate from over handling.
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Post by: Newportnobby on June 02, 2018, 10:40:17 pm
The original was brown which has come out a shade of purple

Yikes! That must have been a bit of a shock. :goggleeyes:

I think your scenery is going to be a bit spectacular.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on June 02, 2018, 10:57:44 pm
 :hellosign:   The scenery is really taking shape now Brian, excellent modelling
   :thumbsup: 
   regards Derek.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 03, 2018, 11:17:59 am
:hellosign:   The scenery is really taking shape now Brian, excellent modelling
   :thumbsup: 
   regards Derek.

Seconded. Very good to see the progress made, at Withy Junction, with the series of photos taken over time.

I hope you'll be able to run some trains over the summer, too. (A few more items are now on their way to you.)
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Post by: Mito on June 03, 2018, 08:31:41 pm
Thanks all. I will have to realign some track to get a better line over a bridge. The track is up and now a bridge to build. Trains will run again shortly but at the moment there is the "wrong" dirt on the tracks. :)
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Post by: keithbythe sea on June 04, 2018, 07:41:30 am
Looking good Brian,  :thankyousign:
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Post by: port perran on June 04, 2018, 02:43:31 pm
Thank you for the update Brian.
Very impressive.
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Post by: Mito on June 13, 2018, 10:36:12 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/3659-130618221502-664281785.jpeg)
Seen at Withy Jct, a rake of vintage coaches recently acquired by the Somerset Rail Preservation Society. They were being moved from Durscombe to safe storage for maintenance work to be carried out.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/3659-130618221431-66425393.jpeg)
Another unusual working. An empty stock movement from Frome, ex Cant Cove for Durscombe
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 14, 2018, 07:15:55 am
Thanks for the update and the excellent photos., Brian. Good to see the stock arrived safely. The autocoach can be hauled by a non-pull and push fitted loco. (as was, sometimes, done).

I will check my old Graham Farish GWR livery corridor and non-corridor coaches and take a photo. of them so a special train can run 'through' this summer. However, most of my GWR livery locos. are away for DCC-fitting then renumbering and detailing. At present, I only have a 45xx and my "Manor", here in GWR livery, preserved by the GWS (Bodmin).

So the WR connection is via Frome and the SR one via Templecombe?
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Post by: port perran on June 14, 2018, 07:23:27 am
Thanks for the photosBrian.
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Post by: Bealman on June 14, 2018, 07:42:38 am
Looking great!  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Train Waiting on June 14, 2018, 08:24:02 am
Thank you for these splendid photographs.

The first one with a complete Great Western train looks particularly wonderful.  Reminiscent of a summer's day, around 1930, on a West Country branch line winding down to the sea, with happy times awaiting.  'Sand in the sandwiches/salt in the tea.'
 

It's a summer's day here but blowing a gale which is playing Old Harry with the garden!

Best wishes.

John
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Post by: Mito on June 14, 2018, 08:58:19 pm
Thanks for the update and the excellent photos., Brian. Good to see the stock arrived safely. The autocoach can be hauled by a non-pull and push fitted loco. (as was, sometimes, done).

I will check my old Graham Farish GWR livery corridor and non-corridor coaches and take a photo. of them so a special train can run 'through' this summer. However, most of my GWR livery locos. are away for DCC-fitting then renumbering and detailing. At present, I only have a 45xx and my "Manor", here in GWR livery, preserved by the GWS (Bodmin).

So the WR connection is via Frome and the SR one via Templecombe?

Yes to the connections. It's easier for this befuddled mind to remember. :doh:
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 14, 2018, 09:11:05 pm
Thanks for the update and the excellent photos., Brian. Good to see the stock arrived safely. The autocoach can be hauled by a non-pull and push fitted loco. (as was, sometimes, done).

I will check my old Graham Farish GWR livery corridor and non-corridor coaches and take a photo. of them so a special train can run 'through' this summer. However, most of my GWR livery locos. are away for DCC-fitting then renumbering and detailing. At present, I only have a 45xx and my "Manor", here in GWR livery, preserved by the GWS (Bodmin).

So the WR connection is via Frome and the SR one via Templecombe?

Yes to the connections. It's easier for this befuddled mind to remember. :doh:

Thanks, Brian. Duly noted.
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Post by: Mito on June 15, 2018, 07:02:34 pm
I've started on some scenery.I was fed up of looking at plywood and insulation board.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/3659-150618184901-66462776.jpeg)
An overall view. The glue is still wet so it looks a bit shiny. I don't like the dark rock face behind the train. I'll redo that. If you look carefully there are two train spotters sitting on the dark rock above the first coach.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/3659-150618184920-664642321.jpeg)
The Frome to Durscombe B set


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/3659-150618184940-664651875.jpeg)
The Radstock to Templecombe "miners special"
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Post by: Chris in Prague on June 15, 2018, 07:13:36 pm
Many thanks for these photos., Brian. Very good to see more scenic progress.
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Post by: port perran on June 15, 2018, 09:02:46 pm
This is looking great Brian.
Lovely to see trains in the scenery
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Post by: keithbythe sea on June 16, 2018, 07:09:08 am
Great start on the scenery Brian.
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Post by: Michiel on June 17, 2018, 06:50:43 pm
I'm still following with admiration. Very inspiring layout.
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Post by: cornish yorkie on June 19, 2018, 11:53:39 pm
 :hellosign: All looking good Brian, thanks for the   :greatpicturessign:
      regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on July 15, 2018, 09:18:15 pm
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-150718210900-67454618.jpeg)
Seen arriving at Durscombe a local freight from Bristol.  A bogie bolster attached at the rear was added at Bristol after a long journey from Fife. Many thanks to @Lawrence (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=16) for this.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-150718210905-67460248.jpeg)
Aclose up. I don't know if this is too modern but I've always wanted a bogie bolster and Rule 1 is in operation.
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Post by: Newportnobby on July 15, 2018, 10:06:40 pm
I have 5 x 373-926 bogie wagons which I will be running with my Mermaids/Dogfish/Sharks (when DJM release the latter). Steam hauled of course :D
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Post by: keithbythe sea on July 16, 2018, 07:06:27 am
Good old rule 1, and I like the bogie bolster load too.  :thumbsup:
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Post by: Bealman on July 16, 2018, 08:15:03 am
I like the bolster wagon! I've just found a kit I'd forgotten I had. Is your a kit built model, or RTR?
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 16, 2018, 08:46:58 am
Thanks for the update, Brian. I agree that the Bogie Bolster wagons are very attractive models and it was very nice of Lawrence to send this one to you. The GWR had very similar wagons (Graham Farish have made models in GWR livery.) As you also have some BR livery goods stock, you could run your Bogie Bolster with those to be more prototypically accurate, but as your Bogie Bolster wagon is in grey unfitted livery it should then be marshalled behind your BR Bauxite / Brown livery fitted goods rolling stock which, if included, should be at the front of the train, behind the loco.

Martin sent me a copy of a photo. of an empty BR Grey Bogie Bolster wagon behind a BR SR Green two-coach Maunsell 2P set hauled by a BR Black T9 between Wadebridge and Padstow, so there is a prototype for everything!

The NGS also produce(sd) kits of BR Bolster wagons and I have bought several completed and painted ones on eBay, some better done than others. When the NGS has the transfer sheets available, again, I'll buy a sheet to complete the best examples.

Talking of transfers, don't worry, we understand when it is too hot for you to work on your large screen monitor on the transfers.

Regarding the white plaster area, in the right-hand corner, I use an old metal file to smooth down such ridges before painting on the undercoat of brown or green paint to seal the surface.

The rockface in the top right-hand corner should look very good when suitably painted. The different coloured ballast looks excellent, too.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 16, 2018, 10:26:51 am
I like the bolster wagon! I've just found a kit I'd forgotten I had. Is your a kit built model, or RTR?

It's definitely a Graham Farish RTR model. The kit you mentioned is, very probably, the same NGS one I mentioned.
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Post by: Mito on July 16, 2018, 09:33:39 pm
Thanks for the comments and thank yous. The white at the front is polystyrene torn up to get to the wiring underneath. All sorted now, I hope. For smoothing filler I use 120 grit sandpaper wrapped round a wooden block followed by a thorough vacuuming.
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Post by: Mito on July 21, 2018, 06:48:57 pm
Some recent happenings. I hope this is not a photo overload.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181440-675082056.jpeg)
Arriving from Templecombe.
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181448-676341658.jpeg)
Waiting to be uncoupled to run round.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181502-67635526.jpeg)
Having run round waiting for the all clear.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181515-676361963.jpeg)
On its way to Bath.
The loco suddenly arrived without warning this week. Thank you. I've not had the opportunity to run it yet as the track is too dirty due to track maintenance and sudden appearance of undergrowth. The coaches are not in the same time warp as the loco. The excuse is that certain enthusiasts are renovating them for regular use in the area.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181538-676372045.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3659-210718181557-676381877.jpeg)
A dairy under construction.  The kit is by 3dk models, a Canadian company who are making a lot of British outline kits. They are not in N  so have to be scaled down. Some of the PDFs are locked but there are programs to unlock them. The storage tanks are capacitors with the plastic outside removed and the interior as well. I have some aluminum wire which will be used for pipe work. I've yet to build a canopy and fix things down permanently. The coach is taking a party away from a tour of the creamery and the car is the boss arriving to make sure nothing has been nicked!
Behind the chimney will be a low relief warehouse . I took a photo of it but managed to delete it. I'll retake the photo because I need to remember where everything is.
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Post by: port perran on July 21, 2018, 07:12:14 pm
The Standard 4 Tank certainly looks at home Brian.
And I really lke the dairy. Every layout should have one.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 21, 2018, 09:40:37 pm
Many thanks, Brian, for a very nice set of photos. The scenery is coming along very well. It's very good to see the BR Standard 4MT 2-6-4T 80041 (83G, Templecombe, ex-72A, Exmouth Junction), with its train of preserved coaches.
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 22, 2018, 02:50:51 pm
Business with a Somerset pipe and tube works from Cornwall is picking up. Here we see a rake of empty "Tube" wagons returning from Cant Cove.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2018-07-20%2010.41.49_zpsmfg3xubf.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2018-07-20%2010.41.49_zpsmfg3xubf.jpg.html)
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Post by: Chris in Prague on July 22, 2018, 03:02:19 pm
Also on its way ex-Cant Cove to Somerset from Wadebridge is a newly overhauled "North Cornwall Pasty Co." bogie van going to Somerset for the attention of the local signwriter.

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t449/chrisinprague/2018-07-20%2010.45.12_zpsonqwvwvt.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/chrisinprague/media/2018-07-20%2010.45.12_zpsonqwvwvt.jpg.html)
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Post by: cornish yorkie on July 28, 2018, 08:28:11 pm
 :hellosign: Thanks for the latest set of   :greatpicturessign: Brian, I also like the creamery, excellent modelling
       regards Derek.
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Post by: Mito on August 16, 2018, 09:45:10 pm
Time moves faster than I do. A small update

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3659-160818211734-68202920.jpeg)
Two wagons at the head of a mixed freight from Cornwall. A tube wagon and a bogie wagon to be sign written for the North Cornwall Pasty Co. The freight is hauled by a new addition to the local roster which arrived today after a little success on Ebay.
 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3659-160818211716-682012344.jpeg)
This one I've posted for no other reason than I like it! I was messing around with the camera to try and improve my photography a bit. It's a difficult layout to photograph as the lighting at the moment is fixed to the wall behind the layout. One of the many jobs is to move it to the front and use led strips.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/3659-160818211702-681962006.jpeg)
An overhead view of the mixed freight with the dairy in the background. The basic construction of the dairy is finished. It now needs pipework, a perimeter fence and general clutter. Looking at the photo again, it needs a background to cover the bodge work on the wall behind.
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Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2018, 10:08:09 pm
Love that second pic :thumbsup:
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Post by: Milton Rail on August 17, 2018, 07:39:59 pm
Great pics Brian, great to see the scenerly coming along too
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Post by: port perran on August 17, 2018, 08:41:29 pm
I too love that second photo Brian.
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 17, 2018, 09:18:20 pm
Many thanks for the update, Brian (Mito). The three photos. are, indeed, very good and the scenery is coming along very well. I also really like the dairy.

I also have D6577, bought long before the Dapol ones were available. Apart from the body sitting too high above the chassis they are still excellent locos. and D6577 will be regularly rostered on 'through' services whilst D6571 will stay in Cornwall.

The "Tube" wagon is for carrying pipes, etc. from your factory. I have ensured that everyone who's interested in 'through' running has at least one. One will be going to the mysterious island of Sonmel, soon, along with a mermaid!
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on August 17, 2018, 09:39:37 pm
Thanks for the comments and "thank yous".
I bought some drinking straws the other day to make some tubes. They are in fluorescent colours! I hope I can tone them down or maybe they could be "happy" pipes. 8)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 18, 2018, 07:34:53 am
If they are plastic drinking straws they are soon to be banned so you bought them, just in time. 8-)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Train Waiting on August 18, 2018, 08:32:00 am
I also have D6577, bought long before the Dapol ones were available. Apart from the body sitting too high above the chassis they are still excellent locos. and D6577 will be regularly rostered on 'through' services whilst D6571 will stay in Cornwall.

Me too!  At the time of my second attempt at British 'N' gauge in 2007, I bought several locomotives; some Farish but mostly Dapol.  D6577 was the best, by far.  The next best one was also Farish, a 'Type 2', sadly in blue livery and weathered like it had been dropped in a midden. The others kind of ranged from poor to appalling.  Then I saw a Kato 'F7'!  It took almost 10 years before an impulse purchase of Railway Modeller to read on the train allowed me to see a Union Mills advertisement.

Now Sandrock is moribund, I read the Railway Modeller every month and inflict the Table-Top Railway on you.  Things change!


Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on August 18, 2018, 08:41:51 pm
If they are plastic drinking straws they are soon to be banned so you bought them, just in time. 8-)
I'd better get some more then, a different diameter if possible. It will take some getting used to using straw again. :)
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Newportnobby on August 18, 2018, 09:38:17 pm
There is always the fallback of Plastruct tubing which coul be painted to the 'happy' colour of your choice...........

http://www.plastruct.co.uk/roundtubingT2.html (http://www.plastruct.co.uk/roundtubingT2.html)

Not as cheap/nickable as straws, though :no:
Title: Re: Off on a journey. The departure.
Post by: Mito on August 18, 2018, 09:58:45 pm
There is always the fallback of Plastruct tubing which coul be painted to the 'happy' colour of your choice...........

[url]http://www.plastruct.co.uk/roundtubingT2.html[/url] ([url]http://www.plastruct.co.uk/roundtubingT2.html[/url])

Not as cheap/nickable as straws, though :no:

Unfortunately things like that take on a luxury status by the time they reach here with the attendant price hike.
I "borrow" things with a promise to return them when I've finished with them but not necessarily in the condition I borrowed them :-[

I started painting the sides of the rails today. What a mind numbing occupation that is. On par with ballasting.