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Author Topic: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway  (Read 36016 times)

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #225 on: May 23, 2017, 09:50:15 am »
I love this layout!

Thanks for the updates from a guy who hopes to see it someday!  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #226 on: May 23, 2017, 09:58:25 am »
The layout is looking good, Tom. I'd love to come up for the Blackpool event, but the bad back that caused me to miss the SVR event, isn't up to it. Here's hoping for another successful outing and some more great pictures.
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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #227 on: May 28, 2017, 10:30:29 pm »
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates &  :greatpicturessign:  just typical we are in Blackpool 17th- 24th June,  :'(  (got work on 25th in Cornwall). Would love to see sometime
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Totally Models : June 24th / 25th 2017 Rigby Road Depot Blackpool
« Reply #228 on: June 22, 2017, 12:19:16 pm »
Its been a hot one! infact June 21st 2017 was the hottest day in the UK since 1976 .... apparently...

Anyway it has been nothing but an utter pain trying to work on the layout over the past five days in the 30+ C temperatures, but we had to with this weekends model show and open weekend at Blackpool Transport's Rigby Road Tram depot.


This is the first event at Rigby Road for some years, so its a real privilege to be able to take Thornton Gate inside the depot for the weekend.


Above: With the show on the horizon the decision was taken (not by me i might add!) to replace the card 'Blackpool' fencing with something a little more 3D, so with only two weeks to go at this point Anna (My girlfriend) took it upon herself to rip out all the card fencing from the layout, some of which has been on the layout for over five years now.

Above: The replacement was some custom resin cast panels which Anna had build the master for out of plastic strip and I had made the moulds and tooling for rather a lot of cast resin duplicates!

The process of cleaning and then painting these panels took in all three days, and was a large undertaking.

Above: Here Anna is just applying a final light weather coat to the newly install panels, which really do look for part!

Above: Some areas like the station were a bit tricky to say the least, and some white paper was used to protect the 'wooden' fence behind from a splatter of Humbrol matt 64!


We've also been static grassing the layout to aid the overall scenics and to try and add some depth, this along with the new fences worked well and allowed for some test 'sunset' moody photos....


Above: Long withdrawn Balloon class no 708 made a brief return to Thornton Gate, now weathered down for this shot of it dumped awaiting onward movement at the rear of the yard.


Above: Work crews still installing new fence panels for the tramway lineside in the streets of north Cleveleys.


Above: And finely sunset at Thornton Gate station.

Back to the upgrades and the coming 'Totally Models' Blackpool Show.... 


Normally with Thornton Gate we like shows that give us barriers, however in this case it was unknown if we were going to get any for the weekend, in which case we have to use plexiglass shields, which I for one hate using as it gives a rather obstructed view of the layout and a 'gold fish bowl' effect. But this children and even some adults completely unable to not touch things, its a necessary safeguard. So for this show we've fitted new shields, still in there protective wrappers in this shot.


And finally we'll end with Balloons 701 and 713 out on test yesterday (21st June) ahead of the layout being crated up ready for transport to Blackpool for this weekends event.

We hope you can make it, well worth a visit this one, with all the other things going on in support of the model show, doors open from 10am on Saturday 24th June 2017!

And as ever thanks for your continued support and viewing of this thread.

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #229 on: June 22, 2017, 12:29:21 pm »
Sorry I won't be able to make it, Tom, but the mods look great, especially the fencing which is superb. Congrats to you and Anna. At least with the weather we've had the paint should have dried quickly!
Good luck for the show. I'm sure you'll get heaps of interest.

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Re: Totally Models : June 24th / 25th 2017 Rigby Road Depot Blackpool
« Reply #230 on: June 22, 2017, 02:15:51 pm »
it gets better with every little change Tom  :thumbsup:

This is the first event at Rigby Road for some years, so its a real privilege to be able to take Thornton Gate inside the depot for the weekend.

We hope you can make it, well worth a visit this one, with all the other things going on in support of the model show, doors open from 10am on Saturday 24th June 2017!
As I'm now Crew at Blackpool as well, I couldn't really get away with not being there! See you tomorrow afternoon Tom  :wave:

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Totally Models 2017 At Rigby Road Depot - Blackpool June 24-25th 2017
« Reply #231 on: July 05, 2017, 05:43:09 pm »
Totally Models 2017 At Rigby Road Depot - Blackpool June 24-25th 2017
Show Report..




Well .. were to begin with this one..... what can I say...... What a show!
I warn you this is going to be a long report at best... The Totally Models exhibition held at Blackpool Transports Bus and Tram sheds in Blackpool was really good, and thats an understatement! 

FRIDAY



Above We'll start with a few pics taken the Friday evening in the drizzle that has replace the summer heatwave of June. Having arrived in Blackpool and setup Thornton Gate, i took the opportunity to visit the real location of Thornton Gate once again to snap a few pics of how the side is and any changes etc...

The contractors left a few buildings in the yard from the 2012 rebuild, however most now appears to be the remains of supplies etc. It is worth pointing out that currently (at time of writing) Thornton Gate yard is still the active p'way depot for the tramway even if it currently has no sidings on the site itself.


Above: A view looking towards Blackpool over the centre line loop sections and old station of Thornton Gate


Above: And a view the other way showing the summer undergrowth beginning to take ahold around the retained buildings of the old station.

SATURDAY


Above: Saturday started with the view from our B&B in Fleetwood. We chose to stay up the northern end of the tram system as its a bit quieter then the hustle of Blackpool itsself.

For the first day of the show we chose to leave the car in Fleetwood and took the modern Flexity class tram from Fleetwood Ferry station to Manchester Square, before with toolboxes in hand walking over to Rigby Road with an hour before doors opened to the public at 10am.


Above: The setup its self was something special, the exhibition taking up two halls or should that be workshops of the Rigby Road depot these being the ones behind the main shed buildings adjacent to the bus yard. Our position for the exhibition mean we had to setup over the top of one of the tram roads, with the rails seen here underneath the layout. As these tracks were connected to the rest of the tramway, it did mean that technically we have exhibited literally on top of the Blackpool tramway! 


To some models.... And Centenary 641 AKA "Kitkat Tram'. On the first morning as i was prepping the stock 641 moved all of 1cm before failing once again! Now on its 3rd PPC chassis the fault, which i think was with the DCC decoder was not fixable, so 641 spent the whole weekend on show but dumped out of the way on the centre loop, Its future up for debate!


As things got into a bit of a rhythm, all was woking well, Here Bush car 622 and standard 147 wait at the station on Fleetwood bound services.


Above: As with normal practice for us, Balloon 701 stayed on the yard sidings with P'way trailers in tow.


Above: Im not a bus person.. Sorry! But thought it was worth showing what was also in the hall we were in... its a BUS! (thats all i know)


Above: And the view just outside the depot on the main Bus yard at Rigby Road, showing a number of Buses including some heritage units that along with the classic tram cars provided rides and tours for the visiting public.


Above: With the show closing at 5PM (with an extra hour for staff to look around) we packed up and made our way to the depot fan to wait for a special taxi service back to Fleetwood! But first Balloon class 723 needed to come on shed and clear the single access line to and from the depot.


Above: The reason? Well our ride back to the hotel was waiting for us, in the form of sister Balloon Class no 717, booked to do a exhibitors special Rigby Road to Fleetwood Ferry working, a perfect way for us to end day 1 and hitch a free ride back to Fleetwood!


SUNDAY


After a good first day, day 2 (Sunday) bought us some visitors....


Above: Shortly before we opened to the public Thornton Gate yard played host to a wonderful model of diesel Pway car No 754 with matching trailer. A wonderful model and big thanks to John Marfleet for lending it for this photo. Readers of this thread might remember John's version of Balloon 701 visiting Thornton Gate a few years ago....

Below: Operations for day two were sorted in the normal way....




Above: With 641 dumped on view as failed, the decision was taken to swap a few cars around. Taking 641 and Balloon 710 out of service and replacing with Fatdoors now 711 and 719 seen here waiting to go out front, on the hidden fiddle yard siding around the back of the layout with standard 147 stabled behind.

With things up and running and the show open, we welcomed our second guest!


Above: Young Jack, son of fellow exhibitor John Docherty, joined both Anna and myself for a short while.


Above: After a brief run though, Jack took control out inner line services, picking up what can be a complicated layout to operate in no time at all! Which left me rather redundant!


As the day went on, trams cars in full flow on an intensive service Balloons 719, 726 pass failed 641 and stabled class mate 713


P'way Balloon 701 made it out of the yard on day 2 and is seen here Blackpool bound at Thornton Gate station.


Above: Failed 641 is later joined by Jubilee class no 761 on a short working, waiting to be turned back to Blackpool


We'll end this section with a view from the main hall, adjacent to where we were based, just showing how busy it got!

So with less then an hour left of the final day of the show, there was one last treat for us exhibitors.....


Staff at Blackpool Transport took us for a tour of the rest of Rigby Road depot! As you can see here we're all standing in a boat car undergoing work in the fitting shop.


The other side of the shed Brush car no 612 was undergoing work even as we visited!


Above: This was a find! As my username (at time of writing) is Balloon_726 it was a joy to find and photograph the real Balloon 726! Still sporting its blue Coastguard livery, the car has spent a few years in open storage before being brought back to Rigby Road depot. 726 last ran in 2011 I think???


Above: Ever wondered what the very back of Rigby Road's main tram shed looked like? Heres your answer! Stored Millennium Class and some what broken Balloons to be found!


Above: I also found Balloon 703 painted up as Sunderland car no 101, again readers of this thread will remember when i photographed it in the shed at Beamish a few years ago. As with many others 702 has been out of use for some time with a broken tire.

And... welcome to the end of the post! Glad you could make it!

I just want to say a huge thanks to those that made this possible.. What a show!
I have it on good authority that Totally Models (might be called something else) will return next year bigger and even better (if thats even possible?)

Thornton Gates season rolls on ... I'll be updating about that shortly...

As ever thanks for reading and bye for now! 

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Re: Thornton Gate of the Blackpool Tramway
« Reply #232 on: July 05, 2017, 11:50:11 pm »
 :hellosign: Many thanks Tom  :greatpicturessign: super show report, shame about 641 hope good news for it`s future
      regards Derek.

 

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