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Title: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on May 28, 2015, 09:23:05 pm
Hi all

My current layout (and my first in N) is an attempt at recreating my own little version of Georgemas Junction.  It is the intention primarily to turn the clock back to the 1970s, so standby for some BR Blue 24s & 26s and Mk1s, that said though, I also hope to dabble back into steam days (eventually).

For those of you who arenít familiar with the location, Georgemas Junction is situated in the county of Caithness on the Far North Line.  It is the junction of the Thurso branch from the Inverness-Wick line, the most northerly junction on the UK rail network.  The station which was opened in 1874 is situated in a countryside setting near the village of Halkirk  and is still operational today.  Up until the introduction of the class 158 DMUs the station was where the joining and splitting of the Thurso and Wick portions took place; a scene that will no doubt feature regularly is this thread once the layout is operational.  Traffic types and operation will be more or less as the prototype with a little bit of modellerís license here and there to increase volume for more operational interest.

This is the track plan that I've settled upon and it combines various elements that have been there at some point during the stations history but never perhaps at the same time.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25314.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25314)

The main single track line approaches from Inverness (left side) and opens out running through the station area towards Wick (right side), the branch line to Thurso leaves the mainline and heads off towards the top.  The A9 road crosses over the station and splits it neatly in two halves.  The Wick side which contains three sidings to the south and also one to the north and the Inverness / Thurso side in which sits the station itself, consisting of two through platforms and loading dock off the main line and also a bay platform coming off the Thurso branch.

The scenic area is split over 3 baseboards and generally measures 3600x500mm, the board accommodating the Thurso branch is slightly wider.  Baseboards were constructed from 50mm foamboard which was then framed by 12mm ply at the adjoining ends and 6mm ply along the sides.

Trackwork on both sides of the A9 bridge is modelled, although a bit of compression has taken place on the Wick side and I've also exaggeration the terrain to make for a simpler and more natural scenic break.  Those of you familiar with the area  will be aware that the Wick side of the station is almost entirely flat and that Caithness is not known for having many trees - at least not pre-forestry commission.
 
Most structures will be scratch built, with the exception of the footbridge which is available as an etched brass kit.  There were at one point two signal boxes situated at the station; the Junction Box  which sat in between the mainline and the branch and the North Box with was more of a cabin and was tucked in next to the water tower on the Wick side of the A9 bridge.

This is my take on the two boxes - big brother / little brother
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25318.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25318)

Some other structures during construction
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25315.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25315)

Trackwork being laid and fixed down onto a bed of 5mm thick foam
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25320.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25320)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25321.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25321)

And finally.....for tonight, some basic terra-forming being started off on the Wick end
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25322.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25322)

I'll be back with more soon.

cheers
Shaun
 

Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on May 28, 2015, 09:41:53 pm
Welcome aboard.
That looks a good plan and it's a great location to model. We passed through a couple of years ago on a trip to Wick/Thurso - a lovely trip.
Please do keep us posted with further pictures.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mito on May 28, 2015, 09:53:57 pm
 :welcomesign: Never been that far north but there's good operating potential there. I like junctions. The buildings look great. Looking forward to more pictures.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on May 28, 2015, 10:06:11 pm
Looks like a very interesting plan, Shaun, with some excellent scenic features :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: PostModN66 on May 28, 2015, 10:19:40 pm
Looking great Shaun; and a big thumbs up from me for the foam baseboard.  :thumbsup:

What are you planning to do for point operation?

Cheers  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on May 28, 2015, 11:40:36 pm
I always remember this as being a really flat area, almost desolate, but broken up with a few distant hills, and - as you say - few trees. I think the biggest challenge is the scenic breaks!

A really nice location and with quite a bit of operational interest. It seems a loco was stationed up at this end to work freights to Brora and the tripped the northbound workings down from there, not sure it could manage that and the Thurso portions too. Often a train to/ from Inverness was a pair of loco's to get them to and from depot.
 I didn't get there with 26's sadly :(
From all accounts they were very reliable performers up her for the 25 years or so that they held sway on the line. Look forward to seeing this develop, the buildings be-lie the fact that they are 2mm scale....
Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: weave on May 29, 2015, 06:19:42 am
Hi Shaun,

Looking good and looking forward to your progress.

Never heard of the place so googled.......

http://www.reallygoodtrains.co.uk/images/446.jpg (http://www.reallygoodtrains.co.uk/images/446.jpg)

to save others the trouble.

See what you mean about the trees.

Cheers weave
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on May 29, 2015, 04:14:08 pm
Thanks for all the encouragement, the build is slightly more advanced than these initial pictures show, a few more to post yet before we're completely up to date.
Every Friday is a half-day for me  :thumbsup:  so I'm using the time wisely and I'm ballasting pointwork this afternoon - not fun :thumbsdown: but needs done.

What are you planning to do for point operation?

Cheers  Jon  :)


Point operation is manual via the the 'wire in tube' method with Mercontrol levers, all fixed to the boards using hot glue gun.  Each board has a small point control area sculpted out of the terrain where all the levers meet.  I'll take a picture and post it, although it's nothing special, very basic and not very neat and tidy  :-[

Never actually thought but i do have some pictures of the station that I took in 2012, I'm originally from Thurso but moved to Edinburgh a couple of years ago.

This is shot is taken from the east side of the station looking towards Wick.  There is quite a large area of hard standing here now mainly to facilitate the offloading of the 'big yellow pipes' which are destined for Subsea 7's bundle fabrication facility which is close to Wick, although in the not too distant past there was some container action too.  Even before this area was turned into hard standing it was still just as flat and just as lacking of trees.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25377.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25377)

This shot is taken from just in front of the station building, looking east at the A9 road bridge.  It's my intention to model the original and far more pleasing to the eye lattice iron sided bridge that preceded this one.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25375.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25375)

This is the station building, and now the only original structure that is left standing.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25374.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25374)

Looking west now up the mainline towards Inverness (160 rail miles away / 85 as the crow flies).  The Thurso branch can be seen joining from the right and on the left is the newly built - or at least is was in 2012 - DRS nuclear flask terminal, built for moving waste from Dounreay to Sellafield.  The fencing is sitting on what used to be the island platform and flask trains are loaded from what was and still is the loading bank.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25376.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25376)

Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on June 02, 2015, 08:32:43 pm
The basic outline shape of the terrain was created from left over foam board and stuck down using the incredibly handy hot glue gun Ė if you donít have one, you really need to get one.  The space in between was then packed full of scrunched up newspaper and covered in a lattice card framework, made for strips cut from cereal boxes, etc.  This was then covered with three or four layers of newspaper strips which were soaked / pasted with dilute (50/50) PVA, which once dry is pretty solid.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25323.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25323)

Once the glue was dry the entire area was painted with some emulsion that I had lying around and is now more or less ready for ground cover.  The platform sides and the loading dock are standard Peco stone edging with a little bit of painting and drybrushing to enhance the detail, these have been trimmed down considerably to recreate the very low Highland Railway platforms.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25325.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25325)

Platform surfaces now added in 1mm plasticard, this shot showing the main station area.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25326.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25326)

Station building under construction from 3mm foamboard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25328.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25328)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25329.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25329)

The partially complete station building sitting more or less in location with the A9 road bridge (or the beginnings of it) in the background.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25330.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25330)

A closer view of the bridge area.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25327.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25327)

That's the thread now up to date as far as pictures of progress go.  One board has been ballasted but no pictures yet, maybe have time for another update at the weekend.

One more before I go, I pieced this image together from old OS maps and I think it dates from sometime around 1900 or so and I've been using it to help with track laying and the positions of structures, features, etc.  Interestingly enough the station at one point had a goods shed however this appears to be the only structure which never made it into any pictures.  I won't be modelling it, though I think it would be safe enough to assume that it would have been a similar design to that at Thurso, Wick and numerous other HR stations.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/24/thumb_25584.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25584)

Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on June 12, 2015, 08:16:46 pm
Thought i'd post a quick pic showing the ballasting in progress, this is last of the three boards.  I've been trying to do it in small stages of a metre or so per night, as if not I find it quite tedious and I end up taking less care than I should. 

Rather than the 'traditional method' of diluted PVA, I thought I'd give the WWS Ballst Glue a shot.  I initially tried applying it without pre-wetting the ballast but this didn't go so good and I resorted back to diluted PVA for the last few meters of track on the first board.  I tried the WWS stuff again on the second board, however this time I pre-wetted with a misting of water (plus some fairy liquid) and this made a big difference, the WWS glue quite literary just flowed straight into the ballast barely disturbing it at all.

The picture below is looking west showing the mainline to Inverness and the Thurso branch.  The speed at which I was able to apply the WWS glue is quite impressive also, the wet area in the pic only took a couple of minutes to do.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_25879.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=25879)

Back with more soon.

Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: DELETED on June 12, 2015, 09:20:50 pm
Is this an old project -I'm getting deja vu from RMWEB?  No matter, something intrigues me about Georgemas -I've actually driven across it on the A9 often enough but never actually seen it.  I was up there as second mate in a delivery van about 2 months ago -probably never saw it because the guy was driving so fast (scared the bejeesus out of me)!

Watching with interest, seems a very interesting area to model :thumbsup:  There was a good modern image model of it a few years ago in one of the mags.

Rich
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on June 14, 2015, 08:24:58 pm
Is this an old project -I'm getting deja vu from RMWEB?  No matter, something intrigues me about Georgemas -I've actually driven across it on the A9 often enough but never actually seen it.  I was up there as second mate in a delivery van about 2 months ago -probably never saw it because the guy was driving so fast (scared the bejeesus out of me)!

Hi Rich
Yes, the hump back bridge there can be fun.  I also have a thread on RMweb - this project has been running about three years now, though construction itself started two years ago.  Progress has been painfully slow as a few house moves and a renovation project took priority for a good spell and as it happens, when the project was first conceived I was going to construct the model in OO.

There was a good modern image model of it a few years ago in one of the mags.

Yes saw this at Warley?? in 2013?? - I think.  It's a nice layout, but I don't think it really captures the openness and emptiness of the location - maybe I won't achieve this either.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on June 15, 2015, 12:40:58 pm
Coming on really well, it does look to me that it will capture the bleakness of the location. 2mm is a much better scale for this sort of location compared with "00", unless people are lucky enough to have huge amounts of space.
Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on June 25, 2015, 08:39:58 pm
Another very quick update,

Ballasting is now (thankfully) complete and the board pictured below has also had the ballast partially weathered, first with powders and then a dirty grey wash to seal them in.  Once all three boards have had this initial treatment I'll give them a dry brushing going over to add some variation to the sleepers and I'll also add some oily patches at the same time.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/23/thumb_26337.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26337)
I really must get round to finishing the junction box at some point in the near future
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on June 25, 2015, 09:26:58 pm
Nice job of the ballasting - very neat :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on June 25, 2015, 09:56:38 pm
Nice job.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: CarriageShed on June 26, 2015, 01:08:08 pm
Yep, that's definitely one of the better ballasting jobs I've seen.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on June 27, 2015, 04:44:40 pm
Yep, that's definitely one of the better ballasting jobs I've seen.

Thanks for that  - although it may not stand up so well to close up scrutiny, there are some pretty horrendous patches here and there  :-[

Coming on really well, it does look to me that it will capture the bleakness of the location. 2mm is a much better scale for this sort of location compared with "00", unless people are lucky enough to have huge amounts of space.
Cheers
Paul

Thanks Paul - one of the stipulations I set myself during the design phase was that at least 50% of the available modelling area was to be just scenery, grass in the main.  I'm quite looking forward to this part, it will be my first time trying to recreate a countryside scene, all my previous attempts a layouts have been city/town center based.

No railway works this weekend though as we have guests staying so the toys must go away for a few days  :(

Back with more soon

Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JasonBz on June 27, 2015, 11:29:53 pm
I too remember this from some time ago.
Its got the feeling of railway in the (mainly) empty landscape that N gauge is so good for representing  :)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on June 28, 2015, 12:12:58 am
Well, it all seems to be coming on really well Shaun and at quite a rapid pace, certainly more so than any of my layouts!

I am building a model of Blair Atholl, which will probably be 80% scenery. In a way its nice to keep things simple, and try and model a prototype which is relatively achievable, with a few necessary compromises. Of course this area is very different to Caithness in that there are lots of trees and a number of rivers, the Garry and the Tilt and a couple of tributaries (one of which powers a working watermill). The trees will be very useful for a scenic break at the North end of the layout!

There is a 4mm scale of Blair Atholl (with a good website - I've not actually seen the real model), which looks pretty much true to the prototype and has some fantastic detailed modelling. Of course, its 32 feet in length, which is larger than my house, so for the average person 2mm scale has great advantages.

Looking forward to seeing more photos of Georgemas Junction as it develops.

Cheers,
Paul.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Shaun Harvey on June 28, 2015, 10:08:05 pm
Hi, I really loved reading your thread through. Great looking plan and layout. I can't wait to see more pics as it develops.

Great work

Best wishes

another shaun!!
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on July 03, 2015, 08:03:28 pm
Well, it all seems to be coming on really well Shaun and at quite a rapid pace, certainly more so than any of my layouts!

I am building a model of Blair Atholl, which will probably be 80% scenery. In a way its nice to keep things simple, and try and model a prototype which is relatively achievable, with a few necessary compromises. Of course this area is very different to Caithness in that there are lots of trees and a number of rivers, the Garry and the Tilt and a couple of tributaries (one of which powers a working watermill). The trees will be very useful for a scenic break at the North end of the layout!

There is a 4mm scale of Blair Atholl (with a good website - I've not actually seen the real model), which looks pretty much true to the prototype and has some fantastic detailed modelling. Of course, its 32 feet in length, which is larger than my house, so for the average person 2mm scale has great advantages.

Looking forward to seeing more photos of Georgemas Junction as it develops.

Cheers,
Paul.

Hi Paul, as it happens it's taken me almost three years to get this far although I've picked up the pace a bit this last few months.  I've just had a good read of your thread, missed it up until now but will be watching with interest as it progresses.  It's a great location to model with lots of great scenery to try and recreate, still plenty of variety plodding up and down from Inverness in those days too.  I've also never seen the 4mm version other than in a Model Rail mag IIRC from back in the early 2000s, would love to see it in the flesh though, it's one of those layouts that just oozes atmosphere.

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jenn6539 on July 03, 2015, 08:20:02 pm
Thanks for all the encouragement.

This week has seen the weathering of the ballast completed, although some oil staining is still required in a few places and I've since made a start cleaning the rails and points.  I tend to use a track rubber on the top surface of all rails and then mini-cotton buds dipped in IPA to thoroughly clean the contact areas on the switch blades, I've also found fine emery boards and small dental brushes can also help. 

So far so good, two boards down and tested with no running issues at all, although I am a little bit concerned about the final board as I managed to overdo the ballast glue and gummed up two sets of points :doh: - oh well time will tell I guess.

26015 was the designated test loco seen here in the PW siding at the Wick end of the station.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/22/thumb_26705.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=26705)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on July 03, 2015, 08:36:46 pm
Looking good. I do hope you manage to capture the remote nature of the place.
As I remember it from a couple of years back when we visited Wick & Thurso (by train from Inverness) it is a fascinating location but looks really bleak.
By the way, for anyone who hasn't taken the train North from Inverness.....you really should.  Amazing scenery and a fascinating journey.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 04, 2016, 07:11:02 pm
A new year and time for a long overdue update.

Very little happened on the railway during the summer and early autumn mainly due to the many visits of friends/family and the occasional weekend away hiking/camping. The last couple of months, however, have seen some progress.

Quite a bit has happened since the last post back in July, the third board cleaned up ok after ballasting and trains were running across all three with no issues.

The platforms have more or less been finished, just a small section to add once the water tank base is in place at the Wick end of the main platform.

Both the station footbridge and the A9 road bridge are in place, they still need a little bit of touching up and weathering, the footbridge is from Lochgorm Kits and the road bridge is scratch built.   Although it has just dawned on me that while it is currently the A9 which crosses Georgemas, back in the period I'm modelling c.1960-1980 it would have been the A895.  It didn't become the A9 until 1997 when the termination of the A9 was changed from John o'Groats to Scrabster Harbour.  I'll refer to it as the A895 road bridge from now on......

The green stuff has also been started, a couple of fields on the north side of the station have been laid and the embankment on the same side has had a couple of layers of static grass and is awaiting bushes and weeds, etc. The static grass is all of the Mininatur variety.

Some pics of progress

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33761.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33761)
Looking from Wick under the A9 road bridge.  The two sheds standing on the main platform are a tad under size and need to be rebuilt, I had 'guesstimated' the dimensions for old pics but was never happy with the result.  When I was in Caithness over Xmas I took a trip out to Georgemas to look for any remaining clues to help with the rebuild, and as luck would have it there is still a partial foundation visible from the one with the gabled roof which gave me the width and a join between two types of fencing which provides the length.  

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33762.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33762)
The North Box (or is it a cabin?).  The A9 embankment has had an initial covering of Woodland Scenics burnt turf.  The base from the old water tank sits in between the platform and this box.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33763.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33763)
General view of the station looking towards Thurso.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33764.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33764)
The A895 road bridge.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33765.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33765)
General view looking from the Thurso branch into the station.

Back with more soon............

Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 04, 2016, 08:19:40 pm
looking very smart. It's the first time I have come across your layout and I'm very impressed. The photo of curve and gradient for the Thurso branch really captures the railway well.
Graham
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on January 04, 2016, 09:34:29 pm
I'm a sucker for curved platforms and yours look great.
When compared to the mineral wagon that signal cabin looks tiny! :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 04, 2016, 10:43:18 pm
I'm a sucker for curved platforms and yours look great.
When compared to the mineral wagon that signal cabin looks tiny! :goggleeyes:

Thanks, I'm quite happy with the way the platforms have turned out.

I think that the cabin is a bit on the low side, that and the wagon is sitting unrealistically high due to the thickness of the Peco track.  It was a small cabin just perhaps not that small, I'll maybe have another look at my dimensions.  :doh:

Shaun

Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: PostModN66 on January 04, 2016, 10:57:49 pm
Looking really good Shaun,

Cheers  Jon  :)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 05, 2016, 11:29:07 am
looking very smart. It's the first time I have come across your layout and I'm very impressed. The photo of curve and gradient for the Thurso branch really captures the railway well.
Graham

Thanks very much.

As it happens, the radius of the curve on the layout is a bit larger than that of the actual real life location.  I did originally lay the curve with a tighter radius but changed it before it was stuck down as it just didn't look right.  I'm quite happy with the way it has turned out now.

Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: robert shrives on January 05, 2016, 11:41:24 am
Thanks for the update, it looks really good , I too have the footbridge kit and its a lovely model.

keep up the good work - it puts to shame my humble efforts aged 16 in my bedroom - I slept under the junction board!
Minitrix locos and coaches along with Farish class5s how times have changed!
Robert
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 09, 2016, 05:22:49 pm
Another couple of progress pics
 
This week has seen a bit of vegetation added to the bay platform embankment.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33980.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33980)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33981.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33981)

Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Milton Rail on January 09, 2016, 06:36:35 pm
Shaun,

Excellent thread and terrific models, love the road bridge.  The greenery has turned out really well, I was thinking about static grass on mine (but that is a long way off), yours looks really good

keep up the excellent updates

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on January 09, 2016, 07:52:03 pm
Hello Shaun,

Nice to see how the layout has developed. I've always been a little sceptical about static grass in 2mm scale, but it looks really the part on your layout, very realistic indeed.

I might be another one pondering the use of static grass when I get round to doing my scenery.

Cheers
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on January 09, 2016, 10:09:30 pm
Very nice, Shaun :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: daveg on January 10, 2016, 07:49:55 am
Hello Shaun,

Nice to see how the layout has developed. I've always been a little sceptical about static grass in 2mm scale, but it looks really the part on your layout, very realistic indeed.

I might be another one pondering the use of static grass when I get round to doing my scenery.

Cheers
Paul

Agree, very nice.

I've stayed away from 'statics' for the same reason. Perhaps I should invest and do a test piece/diorama.

Dave G
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 28, 2016, 09:22:45 pm
Hello Shaun,

Nice to see how the layout has developed. I've always been a little sceptical about static grass in 2mm scale, but it looks really the part on your layout, very realistic indeed.

I might be another one pondering the use of static grass when I get round to doing my scenery.

Cheers
Paul

Agree, very nice.

I've stayed away from 'statics' for the same reason. Perhaps I should invest and do a test piece/diorama.

Dave G

Thanks for that, although I do have a small confession to make.  After I laid the grass I decided that it was too long so I used a small beard trimmer to cut it back a bit.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 28, 2016, 09:24:35 pm
A small taste of things to come......

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_34878.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=34878)

The bulk of the green stuff is complete on the first 2 boards, still lots of detailing and touching up to do yet though.  I'm not entirely happy with the short grass in the fields and I'll maybe re-do at some point in the distant future.  The remaining structures have progressed a bit as well, the shed on the down platform has been rebuilt and now looks much closer to scale and I've re-clad the original one that I built and it can be seen in the above pic (half painted) next to the livestock pens.  I'm not sure how much livestock was actually loaded/unloaded here but the pens survived into the early 60s. 
 
I'll be starting on the 3rd and final board this weekend and once I get it to the same standard of these two you can expect a few more pics.
 
cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 29, 2016, 08:27:52 pm
  :hellosign: Jennarivo, nice modelling, thanks for sharing
regards Derek
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JasonBz on January 29, 2016, 09:57:09 pm
Hello Shaun,

Nice to see how the layout has developed. I've always been a little sceptical about static grass in 2mm scale, but it looks really the part on your layout, very realistic indeed.

I might be another one pondering the use of static grass when I get round to doing my scenery.

Cheers
Paul

Agree, very nice.

I've stayed away from 'statics' for the same reason. Perhaps I should invest and do a test piece/diorama.

Dave G

Thanks for that, although I do have a small confession to make.  After I laid the grass I decided that it was too long so I used a small beard trimmer to cut it back a bit.

I have been absent for some time so playing catch-up

But that is not a confession, its a Tip - and a good one at that :)

I use a beard trimmer on hanging basket liner etc in larger scales but I never thought it would work in this new fangled static grass lark....so thank you !
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 07, 2016, 09:40:04 am
This week has seen some more progress on the Wick board,  the embankments have had their vegetation added and the fields to the south of the track have been grassed.

Apart from the grass pretty much all the scenic stuff is from the Woodland Scenics range.  I trialed quite a few different manufacturers but settled with this one as I felt they had the most comprehensive range and it just looked right alongside the MiniNatur grasses.

I plant the bushes first and predominantly they are just that, Woodland Scenics Bushes or Clump Foliage in either Dark, Medium or Olive Green shades.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35155.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35155)

Once these are stuck down I give them a dusting of Fine Turf in varying shades to add some depth to them.
I've also used this stuff for some of them, I believe it is some sort of rubberised hair, which again once formed and glued in place is dusted with some Fine Turf.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35156.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35156)

Weeds, flowers, etc. are then added. For the darker weeded areas I just go over the top of the grass with watered down (50/50) PVA and sprinkle on some Green Grass Fine Turf. The lighter weeds are created from Light Green Foliage again dusted with some Fine Turf to give some variation. The pink flowers (or flowering weeds) are made from some Poly Fibre which is then dusted sparingly with pink scatter.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35157.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35157)

Once the vegetation is in place I dry brush some cream coloured acrylic paint onto some of the grass to add a bit more depth and variation.

This is one of the pics I've been using for reference https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidwf2009/5561086651/in/photolist-9tq2jk-9tq2eP-5Fqafk-CMFdSu-qFTGm6-9BbAdA-iNpqpi-bRBP1x-bCWUmG-bBXA6K-hNmiyN-qPcrkF-iWYqw8-doEjeo-8Td3Mi-mEQKjM-7gZh3g-9WsTPe-bvoD82-goywNn-fq6SH3-avgZ9F-9tsYA3-bUMZ1V-b5GFHZ-bEefER-rscYTE-zuShqA-9Bbztb-9Bbykm-9BbB9L-9B8HTe-9B8M1z-9Bbxfo-oaHxo9-gjnucr-nCnzcq-bnfMKD-hNkDTj-4qZT8B-hNkQnW-9B8L2r-fq6Vmh-bRBMea-dqkkfi-dqkjag-bCH3iN-azRsVf-eSrovy-eSf3YB (https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidwf2009/5561086651/in/photolist-9tq2jk-9tq2eP-5Fqafk-CMFdSu-qFTGm6-9BbAdA-iNpqpi-bRBP1x-bCWUmG-bBXA6K-hNmiyN-qPcrkF-iWYqw8-doEjeo-8Td3Mi-mEQKjM-7gZh3g-9WsTPe-bvoD82-goywNn-fq6SH3-avgZ9F-9tsYA3-bUMZ1V-b5GFHZ-bEefER-rscYTE-zuShqA-9Bbztb-9Bbykm-9BbB9L-9B8HTe-9B8M1z-9Bbxfo-oaHxo9-gjnucr-nCnzcq-bnfMKD-hNkDTj-4qZT8B-hNkQnW-9B8L2r-fq6Vmh-bRBMea-dqkkfi-dqkjag-bCH3iN-azRsVf-eSrovy-eSf3YB). I really must thank everyone who has ever taken and uploaded a picture of Georgemas as they have provided me with no end of help. It would also appear to be one of the most photographed Far North Line locations - Thanks  :)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35158.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35158)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35159.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35159)

The final shot for this weekend is of the field to the South Side of the board which also shows the picture I was using as a reference.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35160.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35160)


Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on February 07, 2016, 10:02:20 am
Looks very effective in deed.
Thanks for explaining how you have achieved the effects.




Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: daveg on February 07, 2016, 12:41:54 pm
Looks very effective in deed.
Thanks for explaining how you have achieved the effects.

Agree!

Always helpful to learn how other folk produce such nice work.

Dave G
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Dock Shunter on February 07, 2016, 01:38:43 pm
That is some really nice scenic work,along with nicely ballasted and weathered track..... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Ditape on February 07, 2016, 02:08:24 pm
That is some really nice scenic work,along with nicely ballasted and weathered track..... :thumbsup:
Totally agree V.nice work.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 18, 2016, 08:52:48 pm
Hi all, thanks for all the kind words, here's another update

 I have spent the last week working on the various structures, I've finally added the stairs to both signal boxes. The North box (or cabin) can be seen in the pics below, when I built this there was no layout or even a baseboard for that matter and I neglected to take into account the height of the sleepers on the Peco code 55 track.  It left the box being about a scale foot lower than it should be and as can be seen I've had to bump it up a bit.  I don't really want to replace the stonework base so I'm going to try to hide the gap with ballast and green stuff and see how it looks. 
 
I spent the whole day on Sunday (and I really do mean the whole day) constructing my latest purchase, some 2mm SA LMS rail built buffer stops.  I needed 8 so I bought 9 and this proved to be a smart move as the 1st one ended up in the bin.  The kit comes as a single etch in mirrored halves which is folded along the center and the two haves soldered together, the parts are then cut out and the buffer is assembled.  The instructions suggested I may want to tin the rear prior to folding, this did not work for me at all and after the 1st one hit the bin i resorted to folding in half and clamping it shut and soldering all visible seams, I then removed the clamps and finished the seams.  After this initial bit was done it wasn't too bad, very fidgety though.  They're now all soldered to the track and one of them can be seen below, definitely an improvement from the Peco option and well worth the effort I think

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35568.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35568)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/8/thumb_35567.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=35567)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on February 18, 2016, 09:01:52 pm
Yep, a definite improvement over the Peco ones.

Love the fencing.... is anything strung between the posts?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on February 18, 2016, 11:00:15 pm
Hello Shaun,

I admire your patience with the buffer stops - I don't think I will have the time for this. Having said that -if I could illuminate the lamps on the Peco ones (which I will use) - I would.  I think someone on here has managed it. But with Blair Atholl there is more demand for lighting when you have internal overnight trains stopping!

I have seen some people add very thin wire between fence posts, and even telegraph poles. I am not sure whether its effective in 2mm scale - but then I said the same about static grass, and been proved wrong by your own efforts!

Regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Ashio on February 19, 2016, 11:08:08 am
Shaun,

the whole thing is looking great. I am most impressed with the landscaping though, you have outdone yourself there! It just shows that if you put the effort into the really fine details then it can elevate the whole feel of a model.

Just a quick query, did you lay a layer of turf scatter down first for the base colour and then the static grass over the top, or the static grass straight onto the base and then only add the turf after solely for the extra depth of colour?

Is the shorter greass in the fields fine/course turf or cut down static grass? I cant tell from the photo's.

Cheers,

Ash.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 19, 2016, 06:35:45 pm
Yep, a definite improvement over the Peco ones.

Love the fencing.... is anything strung between the posts?

Thanks for that, I've opted not to actually put anything between then posts.  The thinnest wire I have is 0.1mm and even that's far too thick.  Assuming that it would be a 3.2mm or 4.0mm wire in real life, that equates to 0.02-0.026mm in N -plus it was painstaking enough putting the posts in, let alone having to string wire between them all.

Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 19, 2016, 06:50:04 pm
Shaun,

the whole thing is looking great. I am most impressed with the landscaping though, you have outdone yourself there! It just shows that if you put the effort into the really fine details then it can elevate the whole feel of a model.

Just a quick query, did you lay a layer of turf scatter down first for the base colour and then the static grass over the top, or the static grass straight onto the base and then only add the turf after solely for the extra depth of colour?

Is the shorter greass in the fields fine/course turf or cut down static grass? I cant tell from the photo's.

Cheers,

Ash.

Hi Ash, thanks for that.

Yes there is a layer of fine turf scatter laid before the static grass.  In the main it is "burnt grass" colour, but in some areas I've used a bit of a mix as I was running out.
The shortest field grass is cut down 2mm static grass, I did try some WWS 1mm grass but the shades weren't to my liking.  I used a beard or head trimmer as the lawnmower and just kept going over it until I was happy.

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on March 02, 2016, 07:46:19 pm
Hi all,
 
Not much to report as of late, I knocked up the PW hut over the weekend from Redutex corrugated iron sheet and gave it a going over with some powders.  I've also been experimenting with some of their other textures too as I'm trying to find one suitable for the station building - no luck yet though.  The junction box has finally been repainted and fitted in position too.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/7/thumb_36152.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36152)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/7/thumb_36151.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=36151)

The next big task is to complete the rest of the baseboards and start the non-scenic track and fiddle yard - then to get some trains running.
 
cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on March 02, 2016, 07:50:27 pm
Thanks for the update.
Looking good.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: lil chris on March 02, 2016, 10:01:26 pm
Very impressive, the ballasting and the grass looks really good. I admire layouts modeled on real location's, very good modeling.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JasonBz on March 02, 2016, 10:07:41 pm
I keep coming back to look at this, that top picture in the last post is particularly awesome....There is just something so right about it...

I can even imagine it is a tennis court at top right :D
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 03, 2016, 12:02:39 am
 :hellosign: Thanks for the  :greatpicturessign: looking so right
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Ensign Elliott on March 03, 2016, 11:25:17 am
Great pics!
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: David Asquith on March 03, 2016, 02:07:43 pm
Great layout.  Great photo's.

Dave
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 03, 2016, 07:49:58 pm
Thnaks for the update. Really excellent scenic work.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Milton Rail on March 03, 2016, 09:06:35 pm
Fantastic work - thanks for sharing your advice
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on March 22, 2016, 07:39:51 pm
I can even imagine it is a tennis court at top right :D

I really must stop being so lazy when taking pics and actually move the stuff from the background.....

There's not been much progress, over the last few weeks - camping trips and visitors have begun to appear again.
 
I have knocked up the two boards for the fiddle yard and track-laying is about to commence.  Due to space constraints I've had to amend the plan slightly to include an off-scene reversing loop between the Thurso and Inverness lines as looping the Thurso line round into the fiddle yard was going to add too much width to the layout.  This means that trains leaving on the Thurso branch will need to perform an out of sight reversing manoeuvre to enter the fiddle yard.  I'll post some pics in the next week or so.
 
cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 22, 2016, 08:01:05 pm
Thnaks, Shaun, for the update. Looking forward to more pictures. 8-)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on March 23, 2016, 12:20:21 pm
Hello Shaun,
Could you not just use a small turntable, or perhaps a "balloon" loop to reverse the trains at the Thurso end? Most of the branch trains were very short, usually just loco plus 2 coaches, and freight usually only a handful of wagons, so a turntable could be as small as 15 to 18 inches.

I know this means your formations will come back in reverse, but it would save a lot of hassle shunting stock.
Regards,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 03, 2016, 04:42:35 pm
Hello Shaun,
Could you not just use a small turntable, or perhaps a "balloon" loop to reverse the trains at the Thurso end? Most of the branch trains were very short, usually just loco plus 2 coaches, and freight usually only a handful of wagons, so a turntable could be as small as 15 to 18 inches.

I know this means your formations will come back in reverse, but it would save a lot of hassle shunting stock.
Regards,
Paul

Hi Paul, I'll post a pic shortly which will hopefully explain it better than I can.  As it happens by the late 60s/ early 70s the trains heading to Thurso on the branch were longer that the section that continued to Wick, sometimes Thurso could by 5 or 6 carriages to Wicks 2 or 3.

Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 03, 2016, 04:44:42 pm
Hi all,
 
There been limited work on any of the scenic sections as of late with most of my efforts being focused on the off-scene part of the layout.
 
I've knocked up a simple five road fiddle yard spread across two boards, using the same foamboard / ply combination as used on the main boards.  I don't think I've mentioned it on this thread yet, but over the last few months I've been thinking that I'd like to have a go at building my own code 40 track, as I've never been overly happy with the look of the Peco code 55, especially the points.  I'm hoping to buy some components and construct a very small trial layout/diorama to see how I get on and part of the reason for constructing the fiddle yard in this way is so I can use it for an end to end set-up as well, as two separate fiddle yards.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37619.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37619)

As mentioned previously, I've had to alter the plan slightly and instead of the Thurso branch running round into the fiddle yard, to save space I've created a reverse loop which joins the main line.  This means that trains leaving the station heading to Thurso will need to pull forward into this loop and then reverse into the fiddle yard.  Another space saving compromise is the use of tight radius set-track curves to take the main line round towards the fiddle yard.  The only room that the layout will fit it when fully assembled is the living room, meaning that most of the time it will be stored in a cupboard.  I can only assembly two boards in the spare bedroom, which is fine for working on but not much fun otherwise.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37620.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37620)

That's all for now
 
Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on April 03, 2016, 07:44:34 pm
Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 07, 2016, 08:56:39 pm
Very quick update.
 
Finally some progress with the station building,

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37813.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37813)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37814.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37814)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: ScottyStitch on April 08, 2016, 02:13:55 pm
Very quick update.
 
Finally some progress with the station building,

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37813.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37813[/url])

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/4/thumb_37814.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=37814[/url])

cheers
Shaun


Looking good Shaun.

Whats the embossed plasticard you've used there?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on April 08, 2016, 05:19:10 pm
Looks good so far.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 17, 2016, 06:49:34 pm

Whats the embossed plasticard you've used there?

Hi there, thanks for that.  It's Slaters Stone Courses and I'm pretty sure that it's the 4mm version rather than the 2mm.

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 17, 2016, 06:50:51 pm
Hi all, another quick update.  It turns out that the layout will fit in the spare room - diagonally with about 20mm to spare.  Thank goodness, I really wasn't looking forward setting it up in the living room each time i want to have a play around.  One board will need to be removed to allow the door to open but other than that there are no issues, at least this way I can leave the stock sitting on it too.  So watch this space, we have a visitor coming next Saturday but after that there will be some more photos, this time with actual trains.
 
The station building is slowly but surely progressing to, here is a shot of it in situ ready to be glazed.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38295.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38295)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on April 17, 2016, 09:17:08 pm
It's looking good, Shaun :thumbsup:
Time to start thinking of how you'll 'bed' it into the platform so it doesn't look as as if it's floating.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 22, 2016, 08:24:48 pm
The station building is now glazed and partially roofed.  The window etches are from Peedie Models in Orkney; they're not quite the right size but they're the closest I could find.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38550.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38550)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on April 22, 2016, 09:28:53 pm
The windows look fine to me, Shaun, and I wouldn't have known any different if you hadn't said :no:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: scotsoft on April 22, 2016, 09:38:42 pm
I agree with Mick, they look ticketyboo to me  :NGaugersRule:

Cheers John.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mito on April 22, 2016, 09:41:58 pm
Me too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JasonBz on April 22, 2016, 09:48:15 pm
The station building is now glazed and partially roofed.  The window etches are from Peedie Models in Orkney; they're not quite the right size but they're the closest I could find.

([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/3/thumb_38550.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38550[/url])

cheers
Shaun


You would have thought that being pretty local they could have sailed across to get em right :D

Lovely work as always
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 22, 2016, 10:07:08 pm
 :hellosign: Nice modelling, looking really good, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 23, 2016, 06:33:41 am
A very nice model, Shaun. Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 25, 2016, 07:55:44 pm
Chimney stacks added, roof tiled and a bit of painting done too.  I have used Redutex Slate Square Dark Grey for the tiles, I'm quite impressed with them, it's definitely one of their better textures suits this model perfectly.  Ridge flashing and down pipes will be added tomorrow night and hopefully it can be set in place for the layouts first proper running session which is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38730.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38730)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on April 25, 2016, 08:20:09 pm
Smashing job, Shaun :claphappy:

Psst - don't forget chimney pots.

Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: GScaleBruce on April 25, 2016, 08:35:30 pm
Very nice - I especially like the relief that you've got with the plasticard stone and tiles.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 25, 2016, 09:06:52 pm
Really superb modelling work, Shaun. The building looks highly realistic.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 25, 2016, 09:59:06 pm
 :hellosign: A superb piece of modelling, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Caz on April 26, 2016, 08:23:25 am
Lovely job.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on April 26, 2016, 08:32:56 am
Looks really good.
Excellent work.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on April 28, 2016, 08:23:19 pm
Today's inaugural running session went reasonably well with only a few minor track adjustments necessary off-scene.  Not really sure if it qualifies as an actual running session though as I spent most of the afternoon taking stock out of boxes, mostly for the first time - lot's of locos to run in over the coming weeks.
 
A few snaps below:

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38867.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38867)
A few BG/GUV vans in the sidings at the Wick end, this is probably the only part of the layout that will get any natural light shining on it.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38869.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38869)
An overall shot of the station area.  I'm quite happy with the station building so far, still a bit of detailing and weathering to do before it's ready to fix in place and bed in.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38872.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38872)
26013 arriving from Inverness with a mixed goods.  The farmer appears to have abandoned his tractor and my thinking juice visible in the background.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38873.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38873)
The Wick end sidings again, this time from a different perspective.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/2/thumb_38874.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=38874)
My version of Georgemas has a pair of independent snowploughs based in it, one of them resides in the PW siding for most of the year.
 
That's all for now,
 
cheers
Shaun


Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on April 28, 2016, 08:31:53 pm
Looks very nice indeed.
It's surprising how many model railway photos also include a bottle of something alcoholic ! :beers:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on April 28, 2016, 08:44:37 pm
That's great, Shaun. I really like the 'openness' of the layout.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: weave on April 28, 2016, 09:01:55 pm
Hi Shaun,

Looks fantastic. Am always in awe of great modelling. I can drink a lot of San Miguel but that's about it at the moment. Am still trying though.

Looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mito on April 28, 2016, 10:21:29 pm
A great set of photos. Amber nectar is a necessary tool for modelers. :beers:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on April 28, 2016, 10:29:22 pm
Lovely modelling. Like NewportNobby, I too like the open feel of your layout.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on April 29, 2016, 12:10:55 am
Hello Shaun,

A fantastic model, but hope the tractor driver hasn't drunk that entire bottle of beer. Not sure if the local constabulary would have caught up with him anyway...

The station building will definitely benefit from some weathering to blend in with the rest of the model, which captures the drab openness of this area (quite beautiful in its own way in my opinion) really well.

I did think about some independent snow-ploughs to be stationed at Blair Atholl, but not made the plunge yet - sadly I think the ploughs for my era are sold out.

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 29, 2016, 07:52:20 am
Thanks for the update, Paul. Very nice pictures of excellent modelling work.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Webbo on April 29, 2016, 09:34:01 am
I too I like the openness of your scene as well as the modelling skill that is clearly evident. Any chance of a video of trains running through the junction?

Webbo
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on April 29, 2016, 09:47:09 am
That's great, Shaun. I really like the 'openness' of the layout.

Just looked again and one of the reasons it's so open is there are no trees :hmmm:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on April 29, 2016, 06:00:51 pm
That's great, Shaun. I really like the 'openness' of the layout.

Just looked again and one of the reasons it's so open is there are no trees :hmmm:
And that is true to real life.  Very few trees in that area.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on April 29, 2016, 11:48:23 pm
Yes - its almost entirely treeless up that part of the world. Have a look at rail photo archive or railscot of the location and you will see how prototypical the layout is. Not like Blair Atholl - I've got to make literally hundreds of the things. But then I am a bit of a tree anorak, and each tree has to represent a particular species that grow in the location....

Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 07, 2016, 09:35:54 pm
I too I like the openness of your scene as well as the modelling skill that is clearly evident. Any chance of a video of trains running through the junction?

Webbo

Oooh, there's a thought, maybe once I've started weathering the stock.  What this space....
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 07, 2016, 09:42:50 pm
That's great, Shaun. I really like the 'openness' of the layout.

Just looked again and one of the reasons it's so open is there are no trees :hmmm:
And that is true to real life.  Very few trees in that area.

Yes, Caithness really doesn't have many trees (other than Forestry Commission) and back in the 70's there wasn't one to be seen at Georgemas; there are a few there nowadays though.  The absence of any trees in the vicinity led me to exaggerate the terrain at the Wick end to provide a half decent scenic break. 

Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 07, 2016, 09:45:18 pm
Hi all
 
Thanks for all the kind comments.
 
The station building has had a bit more attention this week and is now structurally complete.  The rear porch has been added, as has what was once the gents toilet block.  Some Ratio telegraph poles have also been painted and set in place; they're not fixed yet hence the wonky-ness.
 
No trains this week, just some b&w progress pics of the station area.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39281.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39281)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39282.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39282)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39283.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39283)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/1/thumb_39284.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39284)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on May 07, 2016, 10:21:11 pm
Very nice work and photos, Shaun :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on May 07, 2016, 10:40:42 pm
Very atmospheric.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JasonBz on May 07, 2016, 10:49:04 pm
The B&W pics do add to the atmosphere lots :)
The lattice work on the footbridge, is incredibly fine - Is that an etched kit, or similar?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: willike1958 on May 08, 2016, 07:35:39 am
i've just picked up on this thread and what a treat it is. Some really excellent modelling. Well done!
Kevin
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: cornish yorkie on May 08, 2016, 10:39:14 am
 :hellosign:  many thanks for the   :greatpicturessign: (even better for being monochrome) of your excellent work
regards Derek.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 20, 2016, 06:32:50 pm
The B&W pics do add to the atmosphere lots :)
The lattice work on the footbridge, is incredibly fine - Is that an etched kit, or similar?

Thanks for that, the footbridge is by Lochgorm Kits.  It's quite fidgety to assembly and I really wish I'd discovered solder paint prior to constructing it.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 20, 2016, 06:34:33 pm
Not much to report recently, except that work has commenced on the Snow blowers which reside just beyond the station on the Inverness side.  Apparently these were designed to deflect the wind away from the line to prevent it being fowled by drifting snow - although I'll stand corrected if need be........
 
In reality these are positioned just beyond the points however my points are a tad closer to the station than they should be and are just out of shot.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/0/thumb_39842.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39842)

Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: DELETED on May 20, 2016, 09:27:33 pm
Superb!!!

I have passed over the place a good few times but never managed to take any pics so far which is shocking considering I'm not that far away.  I'm very envious over your landscaping techniques.

Rich
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on May 20, 2016, 11:29:56 pm
They look great! Are they made from styrene strip?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: MinZaPint on May 21, 2016, 11:13:24 am
This really is very nice, a railway in the landscape. If only I could create something similar, great work am looking forward to updates.  David
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on May 21, 2016, 08:10:34 pm
They look great! Are they made from styrene strip?


Yes styrene strip in the main, sizes just guestimated for a few photos I found online.  In reality all the uprights are made from rails, however to keep construction as simple as possible I've only used code 40 rail for pairs at either end as it's a lot quicker to stick plastic to plastic than plastic to metal.

Here's a shot from today showing the almost finished article sitting in place with the glue drying.  A dark wash yet and a bit vegetation will finish off.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/0/thumb_39865.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39865)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on May 21, 2016, 11:26:03 pm
Excellent work. Good idea of just using the rail on the ends!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 22, 2016, 06:39:58 am
They look great! Are they made from styrene strip?


Yes styrene strip in the main, sizes just guestimated for a few photos I found online.  In reality all the uprights are made from rails, however to keep construction as simple as possible I've only used code 40 rail for pairs at either end as it's a lot quicker to stick plastic to plastic than plastic to metal.

Here's a shot from today showing the almost finished article sitting in place with the glue drying.  A dark wash yet and a bit vegetation will finish off.
([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/0/thumb_39865.JPG[/url]) ([url]http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=39865[/url])


Highly realistic. Excellent work.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: belstone on May 23, 2016, 10:16:57 pm
Everything about that scene just looks right. Outstanding modelling.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on June 05, 2016, 04:10:53 pm
I had a long overdue running session this morning and took some snaps.  Not much visible progress over the last few week, a few tweaks to the station building and small coal yard has appeared on the Wick side next to the North box.  Signals have also been started from MSE components and some mast can be seen in the pics below as i try to determine what height "looks" best.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160601-405192203.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160547-40518295.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160535-405171814.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160527-405162037.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160525-40515719.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160516-405141511.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160503-405122319.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160503-405121748.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160446-405112463.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160444-405101117.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160433-405091951.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/40/2686-050616160433-40508519.jpeg)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 05, 2016, 05:51:10 pm
Thanks for the update. Excellent photos. The layout is looking very realistic.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on June 05, 2016, 07:25:23 pm
Excellent pictures of a really good layout.
Great stuff.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jrb on June 05, 2016, 07:31:53 pm
Excellent.

Can I ask, what make is the footbridge?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Caz on June 05, 2016, 07:40:48 pm
More lovely pictures of a superb layout.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mito on June 05, 2016, 09:31:40 pm
Lovely set of photos and a very realistic layout. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on June 05, 2016, 10:18:53 pm
 :greatpicturessign: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on June 05, 2016, 11:51:12 pm
Wot all them said  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Ashio on June 09, 2016, 01:07:26 pm
looking really special there, love the photo's. perfectly happy for you to spam this thread with them  :smiley-laughing:

Really liking the newer Farish cattle wagons also, bought one the other day for £10 off ebay as I have loads of the older peco ones and wondered if the extra money (£14ish) of the new round of pre-orders was worth it.....I am leaning towards a rsounding yes as they are just more detailed and have a nice clean streamlined appearance about them.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: STEVE44 on June 09, 2016, 04:41:43 pm
Hi, just had a look at the last lot of photo`s really good modelling . It feels like you are standing in that field watching them go by. Keep them coming. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Steve44
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on September 05, 2016, 08:18:55 pm
Excellent.

Can I ask, what make is the footbridge?

Sorry, thought I'd responded to this. 

It's a kit by Lochgorm models and a right pain to put together.  Looks good when finished though, especially when strategically photo'd to hide any mistakes.......
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on September 05, 2016, 08:23:58 pm
Update time.
 
Well the summer is now over and I've achieved very little on the layout itself over the last few months, I have however been squeezing in some kit building/re-paints.  I've had a few NGS wagon kits lying around for some time now along with a number of wagons in a livery which didn't quite fit my time period.  So I decided to make the most of my time while the layout was stored in a cupboard and what seemed like an endless stream of guests occupied the railway room.
 
I've also been putting some thought into automatic uncoupling systems.  I had originally been intending to utilise Dapol's (not so) easi-shunts on all stock until it became apparent the the delayed action didn't really work on bogie stock let alone short wagons.  As a result of this I'm still using them on passenger stock for now but have begun installing S&Ws on everything else.
 
Anyway, some pics of progress.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2686-050916201248-432811908.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2686-050916201256-433401871.jpeg)
Some of the newly built / repainted wagons on uncoupling trials.  The stiffeners on the Peco ferry wagons in the first pic really are awful, I wasn't sure if it would warp sides if i removed them so I opted not to, I'll have to find a suitable load so they are hidden from view.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2686-050916201259-433412132.jpeg)
The same rake this time alongside the loading dock.  Still some needing buffers and couplings painted.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2686-050916201308-433421852.jpeg)
26013 arriving from the south with the daily freight, like the passenger services this would also be split/joined/shunted at Georgemas into Thurso and Wick portions.  Some wagons would also terminate at Georgemas.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2686-050916201314-433431960.jpeg)
An unidentified 26 looks like it's ready to head south with a short freight, however it can't because someone has neglected to fit S&Ws to a brake van yet.
 
cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on September 05, 2016, 08:28:20 pm
Thanks for the latest pics, Shaun :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Bealman on September 06, 2016, 01:18:41 am
Looking better and better.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on September 06, 2016, 06:24:46 am
Thanks for the update.
It's looking better all the time.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 06, 2016, 08:07:04 am
Thanks for the latest update. Excellent photos. of superb scenery and a very realistic rake of vans. I really must try some NGS (and other) wagon and van kits, next year. (However, I already have far too many RTR goods stock models as it is.)
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on September 06, 2016, 05:47:38 pm
Thanks for the latest update. Excellent photos. of superb scenery and a very realistic rake of vans. I really must try some NGS (and other) wagon and van kits, next year. (However, I already have far too many RTR goods stock models as it is.)

Thanks - can you ever have too many?
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on July 23, 2017, 11:46:59 am
It's been a good while since the last update - the best part of a year.  In that time I've bought and renovated another flat which I finally finished in June and have moved a tenant in.  This month has mainly been taken up with the usual influx of visitors although I did manage to set up the layout and do a bit of work for a few days in between visits.
 
It's not really obvious from the pic below but the pillars of the road bridge have been considerably widened after it was quite rightly pointed out that they were much too thin.  I've also added some plants and bushes alongside the platform, which going by the pictures I have of the actual location disappeared in the very early seventies, I just felt that the fence looked a bit chunky when there on its own.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2686-230717114025-53662194.jpeg)

A couple of, not quite finished, engineers vans sit in the bay platform awaiting their next tour of duty.  I started working on these about a year ago and they are my first attempts at repaints.  The mess van is an NGS Stove R repainted in black livery and the CCT was originally in engineers red although it was just too bold in colour so I stripped it back and repainted it in a more faded, and hopefully realistic,  condition.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2686-230717114020-536581954.jpeg)

Same as above in B&W, I can't quite remember where the hand cart came from, although I do recall it being very well designed and easy to construct.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2686-230717114020-536581095.jpeg)

I should manage to get the layout set-up again over the next week or so.  I intend to re-lay the fiddle yard track as I didn't make a great job of it initially nor did I make best use of the available space.  I've also been working on a few NGS wagon kits that I picked up at the Glasgow show in February.
 
That's all for now, hopefully back with more in the very near future.
 
cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Newportnobby on July 23, 2017, 03:55:18 pm
Great pics, Shaun.
Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 23, 2017, 04:48:54 pm
Many thanks, Shaun, for another excellent set of photos.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Milton Rail on July 24, 2017, 08:24:26 am
Thanks for the update, good to see this layout again, the handcart caught my eye as a very crisp model
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Mr PJ on July 24, 2017, 03:56:28 pm
Hello Shaun,
Good to see an update, it doesn't seem like such a long time. Time seems to fly by! The lattice work on the overbridge is fantastically crisp too for such a small model. Also the flower beds look really realistic. All in all excellent small scale modelling,
Cheers,
Paul
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: ptopo on July 24, 2017, 05:35:22 pm
Really superb Shaun, thank you for the update. There's some really smart solutions you've come up with.

Cheers

PT
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Toneeze on July 24, 2017, 05:40:39 pm
 :greatpicturessign: It would be intersting to see how your layout matches up with the OO version of the same name that is currently on the exhibition circuit.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 21, 2018, 08:16:35 pm
It's been quite some time since my last update, although work has been progressing at my usual slow pace.

Some pics from last night.  The station building is finally fixed in place - only about three years since I started it.  It's not quite bedded in fully yet but is coming along.  Some bits and pieces starting to appear on the platforms now too.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200830-608401298.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200827-608351685.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200827-60835158.jpeg)


Quite fitting for the current weather, although no snow here at Georgemas so must have just been a test run.  A pair of grubby 26s running through from Thurso to Wick with independent ploughs.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200828-608371476.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200828-608382466.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/2686-210118200829-608392461.jpeg)

Cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: port perran on January 21, 2018, 08:51:23 pm
Lovely.
Thanks for the update
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 22, 2018, 09:50:10 pm
Many thanks, Shaun, for another excellent set of photos. of a highly realistic layout (scenery and rolling stock). Well worth waiting for.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Webbo on January 23, 2018, 04:05:18 am
Very nice photos of a very good layout, Shaun. Your third picture particularly looked like it could have been a photo of a real scene.

Webbo
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on January 23, 2018, 09:03:46 am
Excellently done :beers:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Masher69 on January 23, 2018, 08:04:18 pm
Just read through your thread. Very interesting and very good modelling. Can I ask you where you sourced the footbridge and chimney pots.
Cheers
Neil
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: JohnN on January 23, 2018, 11:51:31 pm
Fabulous work. The layout has a real sense of place about it. Very realistic.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: bluedepot on January 24, 2018, 09:22:05 am
this is excellent well done with it!

I like the buildings, platforms, track weathering, grass, fences everything really...

Tim
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on January 25, 2018, 05:14:07 pm
Just read through your thread. Very interesting and very good modelling. Can I ask you where you sourced the footbridge and chimney pots.
Cheers
Neil

Thanks Neil, the footbridge is from Lochgorm Kits.  It's fiddly to put together, but really looks the part.  The chimney pots are from Langley ref. A90

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: robert shrives on January 25, 2018, 05:36:48 pm
I agree  footbridge fiddly but well thought out, I got mine at the Telford O gauge  meet a few years ago and jokingly "sumggled" it out.  However York lazer do a Romark plastic laser cut version that will span 4 tracks  but easily cut down.... mine resides on office layout and often gets commented upon so that might give an easier build.
robert 
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 12, 2018, 08:41:47 pm
Not much activity over the last week or so, I've been away with work a lot recently.

I did manage to get some pics in daylight hours for once.  Although the room the railway is in is north facing it does get some decent light for a few hours during the day.

A couple of engineers vans in the sidings awaiting their next tour or duty. 
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/2686-120218203836-61832730.jpeg)

As the layout has to be stored from time to time, I didn't really want a normal type back-scene as I felt it would need to get handled too much and be susceptible to damage.  Plus the layout sits diagonally across the room and can be photographed from all sides.  Instead I'm hoping to go for a digital version and although this one is not quite right for the area it should give an idea of what I'm planning.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/2686-120218203823-61810959.jpeg)

cheers
Shaun
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 12, 2018, 08:55:42 pm
Excellent work, Shaun. I always look forward to your latest update.
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: McRuss on February 13, 2018, 10:01:27 am
Hello Shaun,

I like your layout and I follow it here an on Rmweb.

Markus
Title: Re: Georgemas Junction
Post by: jennarivo on February 16, 2018, 11:19:27 pm
Evening all,

 

A few weeks ago I picked up another couple of Dapol class 26s on ebay (26026 and 26040).  I needed (wanted) a couple more to allow me to run a prototypical day's service, five are required to operate the daily passenger/freight workings and I thought an extra one would be handy to run an occasional double headed or special service.

 

Here they are with snow ploughs and discs fitted.  There was no need to renumber 26026, as apparently I must have renumbered the previous one I bought.  Although as I already had a 26040 this became 26033, I also removed the stag emblem as these didn't appear until a bit later than I'm modelling

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/2686-160218231832-61997896.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/2686-160218231831-61997666.jpeg)