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Fisherlea
« on: September 08, 2013, 05:34:04 pm »
Fisherlea is based on parts of what I remember down in central Southern England if they had ever been rail-connected, i.e. a Smiths crisp factory and an engineering works, with stock either in rail blue around 1976/77 or in Network SouthEast days around 1988/89.

A few months ago I dismantled my previous layout, Penda's Whin (details on this forum) as it was getting too unwieldy to operate and towards the end of its life I only used one of its three running circuits.

However I bought extra sections of Kato Unitrack so I could mount that on my vacant plastic outdoor table board. My plan is to keep the Unitrack sections for the long term and build up extra sections including a station in the same modular way, but customised to British rather than Japanese practice.

In the meantime I went through all my Fleischmann track I took up and found some of it had distorted and shown signs of age. These were binned, but there were still enough good pieces left to make up a single track layout with passing loops and opportunities for shunting, which was absent on my previous layout. I bought a few extra pieces that I was short of online and was ready to start tracklaying.

Fisherlea 1.0.0
This was my first attempt but I wasn't happy with the passing loop on the left, there weren't any sidings branching off away from it.
I live in a block of flats where I can hear the neighbours fairly easily, so glued down the track as opposed to drilling through the plastic and pinning it down.

Fisherlea 1.0.1
I refined the sidings on the left hand side and added a track at the edge to allow for easier railing of stock.

Fisherlea 1.0.2
The basic infrastructure is taking shape. I had sheets of card that had been hanging around in my pile of materials for years that I used for the roads and hardstanding. This layout will use up raw material, including grass matting, that's been hanging around in my scrapbox for ages.
Because this board was an outdoor summer table top, the centre slopes down draining water away,
I may have a park in the centre of the layout.
I haven't decided if I'm including a station along the rear straight section
... or to fill the space between the road and railway with industrial units and housing with the gardens backing onto the railway, I fancy building several of the Kestrel Design 1930s semis.



 
 

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2013, 09:47:11 pm »
What a good idea! I've got an old plastic table in the garage I could use.
" If in doubt flat out! "

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2013, 10:17:32 pm »
I should have said the size of my layout is 54 inches x 35 inches.

It had four detachable heavy duty plastic legs and supports but I disposed of them because I never used it as a table, just the top as a base.
Although it's slightly heavier than a strip wood and ply construction, its rounded edges makes it easier to carry around and stack it vertically when not in use.

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2013, 07:02:15 pm »
I photographed some of the stock that'll be running on Fisherlea:

It'll cover both 1970s rail blue and late 1980s Sectorisation eras, suitable for branch line operation.
I was born in Birmingham so my DMU fleet for operation here is all Met-Cam built.

This layout will be a haven for my UK Farish diesels.
It's taken time to assemble because from many years experience of running these locos I've stipulated only running these fitted with brass or the rarer white plastic gears for maximum reliability, in some cases this meant swapping parts round with other stock. Even the headlights still work on the Co-Cos!
For maintenance purposes I've purposefully concentrated on DMUs and Co-Cos.

Although this is supposed to be based in central southern England, I'm waiting to see how Dapol's forthcoming class 33s pan out next year before committing myself to buy a representative.

Wagons will be traditional 4-wheeled opens and vans for the 70s and Continental train ferry wagon designs for the 80s.

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 11:33:30 am »
Although I haven't made any more progress on the layout, until I buy a Kestrel Models 1930s semi to check its footprint, I realised I can add another era drawn from my stock, between 2002-2006, using models representing Wessex Trains and EWS.



Interestingly in 1991, the ownership of the stations at Romsey, Mottisfont & Dunbridge, and Dean were transferred from Network SouthEast to Regional Railways.
 
I also brought out my 2 + 9 GNER HST with red doors for a trial run (didn't take any photos) but I couldn't run any other trains because it was much longer than the passing loops could take.
 
However I could assemble a scenario representing Newquay on Summer Saturdays as I own a Virgin Voyager but if I had the space I would rather model a section of the Somerset & Dorset if it hadn't been closed by Dr Beeching and in my fictional world divert HSTs and Voyagers to Bournemouth down the S&D.

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2013, 11:37:07 am »
I'm looking forward to two weeks off work over Christmas...

 ... and I've ideas on how to develop things further.

I've realised this layout looks like some of the former circular industrial estate railways, e.g. the Trafford Estate (Manchester) and the former munitions factory, closed 1958, now an industrial estate and part-retail park called Thorp Arch Estate (located near Thorp Arch village behind Wealstun prison in Yorkshire)

I work not far from Thorp Arch and a lot of brick built single storey buildings still survive in use as industrial units. Until 1958 special unadvertised workers' trains called at the munitions factory.

Here are my early efforts using empty clear Farish loco boxes to see what's feasible.



Moreover, the buildings are low enough to stay fixed on the board and not get damaged when I stack the layout vertically. A visit to the Thorp Arch estate beckons to photograph some of the details.






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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2013, 11:39:47 am »
Interesting idea, and I hope a local visit and some photos will help bring it to life on your layout :thumbsup: :camera:

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2014, 07:40:53 pm »
Today I glued down some grass matting in the centre of the board, representing parkland.



Two minor roads crossing the lines have sticky blue tack added between the road and rails to form the ramps, as an experiment to see how this stands up to use and storage.



Yesterday I bought an old plastic Lima Italian station building found by chance at a show in Huddersfield, today it was marked out and loosely fixed on the board.
It'll be adapted as a social club-cum-restaurant with its own car parking and al fresco area.

The band of grey between the track and the road will be used for buildings, either residential or commercial - no final decision's been taken.
Pavements, road layouts and painting will be my next consideration.

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2014, 08:12:09 pm »
Good progress :thumbsup:
Looks like the local authority planning department will be quite busy :)

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2014, 05:56:18 pm »
Industry wins over residential development!

Subject to checking on how much suitable plastic strip I've in stock, it'll be an Art Deco styled 1930s factory using surplus empty Farish and Oxford Diecast clear boxes.



Inspiration will be taken from similar buildings that survive in west London in Perivale (Hoover) and Brentford (Great West Road) but probably won't be quite that elaborate.

http://www.perivale.co.uk/hoover-building.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Mile_(Brentford)

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2014, 08:07:45 pm »
Neat idea :thumbsup:
BTW - from my schoolboy French one of the motifs on your sofa is a bit 'fruity' :D

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #11 on: February 02, 2014, 08:12:48 pm »
Neat idea :thumbsup:
BTW - from my schoolboy French one of the motifs on your sofa is a bit 'fruity' :D

Erm.......Just a little bit....... :o

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #12 on: February 02, 2014, 09:02:17 pm »
Calm down everyone!

"baisers" (noun, plural) = kisses

"baiser (verb, without 's') = you know already

Best regards,


Joe

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2014, 10:26:33 pm »
Nice progress good layout

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Re: Fisherlea
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2014, 12:45:00 pm »
After some deliberation I'm arranging for the factory to have its own staff halt which will be made from Farish and scratchbuilt platform parts.
The halt can accept a 3-car Met-Cam DMU or equivalent length unit or loco-hauled stock.

From the railside:


From the roadside:


Some more greenery has also been added and I'm deciding how much more room I'll need to set aside for car parking for all these mini employees.

 

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