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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1260 on: August 02, 2017, 06:45:31 am »
Back Story Continued…
Sergeant Jeffrey made his excuses at Stowcester Police Station and made his way to Marton Himmarch railway station without letting anyone know his destination.  Once there, he consorted with the station master about the expected arrivals.  Although a deal of misinformation had been given out during the previous week, the main purpose was to achieve the least publicity as possible.  With regard to the arrival of the holiday special from Cornwall, the secrecy was less critical but, because both events were connected, there was still reason to be discrete.  At about 10:15, the Pullman’s coach arrived.
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1261 on: August 02, 2017, 07:42:57 pm »
Last night, I made the corrections to the operating timetable and printed it out.  First thing this morning, I managed to finish the final two shop fronts.



If you look carefully, you will see that some of the shop doors are a bit skew-whiff.  That’s because the central dividing wall was not completely vertical.  Until now, I hadn’t realised the importance of checking this before proceeding.  It’s now too late to do anything about it, but in future it would be best to mark a centre line on the base card before fixing it into the shell.  However, it’s all a bit academic now because the kits have been discontinued.  Later, I was able to add all the chimneys and capping stones.  I haven’t added the chimney pots because they are easily damaged and I think they are best left until the rest of the model, at least in the town area, is complete.  Here they all are against the backscene.



Some of the chimneys are also a bit skew-whiff, but I’m not too concerned about that.  On Saturday, when we went for coffee, we sat outside because it was a lovely sunny morning.  I took the opportunity to survey all the chimneys in Prestongate (which is where the Black Cat Tea and Coffee room is) and noticed that there was a great deal of variation in chimney pots and soundness of chimney stacks.  Most of the properties are well over a hundred years old, so that gives a good correspondence with the main street in Marton Hinmarche.  After I had finished the building, I added the pavement along the shop fronts.



Now that’s out of the way, I shall pluck up courage and start ballasting the station.
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Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1262 on: August 02, 2017, 10:31:36 pm »
Hello, many thanks for the updates with  :greatpicturessign:  your shops look superb & the back story is really brings it all to life
       regards Derek.

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1263 on: August 03, 2017, 06:37:30 am »
Thursday 03/08/61
Back Story Continued…
Yesterday, the ‘Dragon Beach Express’ in the charge of ‘Tiverton Castle’ made an unannounced stop at Marton Hinmarche.  The first-class section of the train stopped at Platform 2, but only part of the rest of the train reached the platform.  The Chelsea Girls were whisked from the train into the waiting Pullman’s coach and driven away to Beresford Hall, but not before the official photographer, a friend of Baron Tiverton, had taken a couple of shots of the event.  Just before the train pulled away, there was a bit of a commotion at the far end of the platform and two men emerged from one of the doors that had just made it onto the platform, despite the fact that no-one, apart from the Chelsea Girls, should have left the train.  Sergeant Jeffrey decided that these two might be the characters he was looking for and challenged them.  They claimed to be the Tregorran brothers from Mevagissey.  Unconvinced, the good sergeant asked them to accompany him to Stowcester police station.

Later, a holiday special from Cornwall made an unscheduled stop and disgorged members of the Cornish Locomotive Preservation Group who boarded the Pullman’s coach, which took them, together with rather a lot of luggage, to the Railway arms.  They told the station master that they were also expecting a further batch of luggage to arrive on the parcels train the following day.

Meanwhile, back at Stowcester police station, the Tregorran brothers were being questioned by Sergeant Jeffrey.  He telephoned St Austell, who made enquires and then telephoned back to say that the Tregorran brothers were indeed from Mevagissey and had gone away on holiday, although exactly where was not known.  Of course, the Poldory brothers, for that was their real identity, already knew this because they had concocted a believable alias before leaving Cornwall.  They knew it would buy them a day or two, in which time they could melt into the landscape.  Reluctantly, Sergeant Jeffrey felt that he had no alternative but to release them.
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1264 on: August 03, 2017, 09:16:53 am »
Morning Laurence,

All good, intriguing stuff in the Back Story.

I know Chris (IP) has not been well and hope Martin (of the Bay) has gone on holiday somewhere drier than Cornwall (I'm in 'ampshire, small village called Issing Down near Constan Lee) so looks like you've taken the reins (no pun intended) to keep the story going.

You'll all have to make a film so I can rewind it occasionally to catch up. Thanks anyway and especially so as the Chelsea Girls are supposed to be on holiday in Izaro for the first 2 weeks of August but due to my manana, manana mind set I haven't started the thread yet. It's nearly there but can do the Girl's story in September as it seems they are going to need some sort of a break from all the shenanigans.

Sorry for mini hijack, love the shops and your layout generally.

Cheers weave (waiting til 12  :beers:)

 


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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1265 on: August 03, 2017, 09:38:47 am »
Thanks anyway and especially so as the Chelsea Girls are supposed to be on holiday in Izaro for the first 2 weeks of August but due to my manana, manana mind set I haven't started the thread yet. It's nearly there but can do the Girl's story in September as it seems they are going to need some sort of a break from all the shenanigans.
I think they will be traveling on to Izaro in the middle of next week (that is 56 years ago next week).
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1266 on: August 03, 2017, 08:33:13 pm »
Today, I didn’t do any building work, nor did I start ballasting the station.  Instead, because I had finished the third section of the operational timetable, I spent my time in the Train Shed running trains.  First thing I got everything set up for the runs.  Then, after sinking some more slabs into the lawn (as some would call it), I set about running the next subsections of the operational timetable.  Here you see 9744 awaiting the right away at Platform 3 with the short local passenger while 6417 sits at Platform 4 with the branch passenger.  Meanwhile 3846 trundles through Platform 2 with a DOWN mineral train.  This picture was taken with 3846 actually in motion, rather than as a posed picture.



During this session, I found two errors in the operational timetable, so I was able to correct them before the next running session.  Thursday is normally our day out but,  because the weather forecast was ambivalent, we went to the cinema instead to sea ‘Dunkirk’.  It was very loud and my ears are still ringing.  I can’t say it was riveting, but I guess it gives a good impression to those not old enough to remember the war (I wasn’t born until VE day, but everything was very much in focus still during my childhood).  Anyway, then I went back for another session in the Train Shed and found another error (actually it was an omission – I hadn’t recorded the point settings).  But I was able to complete the third section of the timetable without forther incident.  So I am 75% of the way there.  Here’s a picture of the final position with the milk train sitting in the goods loop waiting to proceed back to the DOWN loops and the local goods sitting in the milk loop, waiting to return to the UP loops.



I will try to press on with the final section of the operational timetable but, in the meantime, I will try to make some progress on ballasting the station.
With kind regards
Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1267 on: August 04, 2017, 06:47:20 am »
Back Story Continued…
Friday 04/08/61
On Thursday, the parcels train disgorged a large consignment of sizable parcels addressed to the CLPG, to be delivered to the Dinsdale Hall in the market place.  By the time that the local Scarab had arrived at Dinsdale Hall, members of the CLPG were already there.  It appears that they have organised an impromptu model railway exhibition in the hall to coincide with a parade of the usual trains that pass through Marton Hinmarche.  They will spend today setting up the exhibition and it will be open tomorrow.  On Sunday, they hope to be able to spend the day on Marton Hinmarche station, watching all the scheduled trains from three different regions of British Railways.

Meanwhile, the Tregorran brothers, alias the Poldorys, had set up a card school in a back room of the Grange House Hotel.  Would they be able to get away with it this time?
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1268 on: August 04, 2017, 06:50:01 pm »
Back Story Continued…
Friday 04/08/61 Stop Press
We’ve just received these photos from Beresford Hall.  The first is of the Chelsea Girls disembarking from the Dragon Beach Express.  In the distance you can see two shadowy figures



After the train had departed the photographer grabbed this picture from the footbridge.



He also snapped the ‘Tregorrans’ at the end of the platform.


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Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1269 on: August 04, 2017, 07:23:07 pm »
Morning Laurence,

All good, intriguing stuff in the Back Story.

I know Chris (IP) has not been well and hope Martin (of the Bay) has gone on holiday somewhere drier than Cornwall (I'm in 'ampshire, small village called Issing Down near Constan Lee) so looks like you've taken the reins (no pun intended) to keep the story going.

You'll all have to make a film so I can rewind it occasionally to catch up. Thanks anyway and especially so as the Chelsea Girls are supposed to be on holiday in Izaro for the first 2 weeks of August but due to my manana, manana mind set I haven't started the thread yet. It's nearly there but can do the Girl's story in September as it seems they are going to need some sort of a break from all the shenanigans.

Sorry for mini hijack, love the shops and your layout generally.

Cheers weave (waiting til 12  :beers:)
Indded, as Weave suggested, we have been away - Madrid and particularly Sevilla were warmish (37 degrees) although it's even hotter now that we are home.
We had a great time though and enjoyed the rail ride between the two cities.
The warm weather did allow the Spanish beer to slip down rather well.
Anyway, I'm catching up on here so good to see some layout progress Laurence and do keep the story line going.
I'm rather hoping Chris takes up the reins again on the chef's competition etc.
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1270 on: August 04, 2017, 08:37:15 pm »
First thing this morning I added the top chimney slabs to the shop chimney stacks because I had forgotten them yesterday.  Last night, it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to practice ballasting the points before ballasting the station points in anger.  So I salvaged a gash (Garbage And Scrap Heap) set of points and fixed it in place within the hidden loops, ready for ballasting.



While the Copydex was drying, I ballasted the head shunt for the goods loop.  Here it is later, after the Ballast Magic had done its work.



Later, I went back into the Train Shed and ballasted the trial set of points.  Notice that I have deliberately left the area around the tie rod free from ballast.  I may have a novel way of completing this at a later stage.



I now have to wait for the ballast magic to do its work before I test the points.  Also today, three goods wagons arrived from Cant Cove, presumably following the Chelsea Girls and the CLPG.


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Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1271 on: August 05, 2017, 06:25:01 am »
Thanks for your updates, Laurence. The Sales Manager of the "Castle Estates" has been reported to have had a successful visit in the area to arrange for shipments of logs to Cornwall for processing on an ex-works "Plate" wagon plus the supply from Cornwall.of "Castle Ales" in a ex-works SWB van (for publicity photos., it even has white wheel edges) and a trial, mixed shipment of "Headland Ales" and "Sam's Cider" in a BR SWB van.
The "Chelsea Girls" have been looking forward to a relaxing visit after all the exciting events in Cornwall in July. Their visit to the Continent has been postponed by a fortnight due to their long standing invitation to visit Marton Hinmarche.
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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1272 on: August 05, 2017, 06:34:06 am »
Back Story Continued…
Friday 04/08/61 Stop Press
We’ve just received these photos from Beresford Hall.  The first is of the Chelsea Girls disembarking from the Dragon Beach Express.  In the distance you can see two shadowy figures



After the train had departed the photographer grabbed this picture from the footbridge.



He also snapped the ‘Tregorrans’ at the end of the platform.



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Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1273 on: August 05, 2017, 06:49:56 am »
Back Story Continued…
Saturday 05/08/61
The day of the exhibition arrived.  There had been no advance publicity, but Baron Tiverton is thought to be bringing a party of society railway enthusiasts along to see it and, of course, notices were posted outside Dinsdale Hall on Friday.  Being Saturday, the town will be very busy, both with locals coming into the town for Saturday shopping and tourists, who usually flood into the area at this time of year.  Unfortunately, the official photographer is engaged elsewhere, but it is hoped that the CLPG will be able to provide some pictures in due course.  On Sunday, when there are few regular trains, all the varied locomotives that normally pass through Marton Hinmarche will be on parade for members of the CLPG to admire and, perhaps, get a chance to ride on a footplate or two.

The main reason for the Poldorys to visit this location was because they had heard on the subterranean grape vine (actually from a shady acquaintance of theirs) that they would be able to pick up some antiques and collectables at very reasonable prices to take back to Cornwall and make a quick profit.  In the back room of the Grange House Hotel, they met up with local antiques dealer Don Bolton, who arranged for them to join the local auction house ‘ring’.  For those who do not understand the principle of an auction ring it works as follows:

The members of the ring view the items for sale before the auction and decide what they will bid for.  In many cases, there will be a ringmaster who will arbitrate if there is a dispute.  During the auction, only one member of the ring will bid for any item that is of interest to the ring.  This artificially depresses the selling price.  After the auction, the members stand in a ring (hence the name) and bid amongst themselves for each item that the ring has bought, starting at the original price owed to the auction house.  The difference between the final selling price and the original auction price is added to a dividend.  The final buyer for each item pays the final selling price and, at the end, the dividend is divided up amongst the ring.  Thus, it is possible to buy nothing and still come away with a tidy profit.  Although the Auctions (bidding Agreements) Act, technically covered this practice, it still persisted for many years.

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Laurence

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Re: The Train Shed Project
« Reply #1274 on: August 05, 2017, 05:52:25 pm »
First thing this morning, I was able to check the trial points that I ballasted yesterday.  They switched OK and the resistance was less 0.4Ω between the fixed rail and the switch blades for both the turnout and straight on settings.

After our weekly walk into town to the butchers and for a cup of coffee, I set about sinking the last twelve paving slabs.  This time they were in a block because they are the base for a seat on the grass that has always managed to sink its legs well into the soil under the grass.  A couple of years ago, when I was laying a bricking edge to the boarder close to where the slabs are, I came across two stag beetle larvae.  Now, I didn’t know what they were because I had never seen one before and, indeed, I’ve never seen a stag beetle in the flesh.  So I looked it up and this is what they look like.



Well, today, I found four under the turf and so I carefully took them to a boarder and reburied them safely.  This afternoon, I returned to the train shed and ballasted around the tie bar of the trial points.



I think it doesn’t look too bad, although the general layout of the ballasting is a bit scruffy, but as it’s only a trial set of points, I’m not too concerned about the overall appearance.  Then I set about ballasting the station approaches.  I ballasted the branch up to the crossover to the UP main, the milk siding head shunt and the crossover, all at the UP end of the station.



Then I repeated the exercise at the DOWN end of the station.



I have not ballasted the points yet, but I have removed the platforms, ready to insert a limiting restraint (possibly the platforms upside down) to ensure that ballast does not encroach onto the platform walls.  Finally, I re-tested the trial points and they are still fine, so now I have the confidence to proceed with the fourteen points in the station complex.
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Laurence

 

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