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St Christopher's Green
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:29:04 am »
Well, it's been 6 or 7 years since I sold my last layout to @findus and not a lot has happened with my new layout in that time.  :(  This has been due to work, this forum, and two boys!  So, I'm going to build it in modules in the hope that this will be easier to get sections completed!

So, what will St Christopher's Green be?  This will be the main station, set in the 1990's Network SouthEast era.  The plan may change, but currently there will be 6 platforms which will be able to take trains up to 8 carriages long.  The platforms will all be brick built (Victorian era) with modern buildings on top.

There will also be a modern footbridge spanning all 6 tracks, which may incorporate lifts for passengers - pretend of course. 

I may also incorporate a bay platform, but there will certainly be sidings at the bottom.

« Last Edit: September 28, 2015, 01:01:32 pm by Tank »

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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 10:36:51 am »
Hello Tank, 'St Christopher's Green' - a great tribute to one of the last 'true' railwaymen, and I write that as a former employee of NSE and worked under Chris Green.
Good luck with the new layout.
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 10:39:20 am »
I respect the above post. But I guess it's gonna be a toothpaste tube then  :D
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 10:57:47 am »
Hope you find the time to devote to the layout.
Looking forward to pictures in due course.
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 11:58:04 am »
Hello Tank, 'St Christopher's Green' - a great tribute to one of the last 'true' railwaymen, and I write that as a former employee of NSE and worked under Chris Green.
Good luck with the new layout.
Greg.

Good to hear of a past NSE employee on here.  :)  Were they pleasant to work for?

Thanks Port Perran, fingers crossed!  :D  Yes Bealman, it is toothepaste.....! ;)

Here is the baseboard that I made a couple of weeks ago...

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 02:07:41 pm »
Hi Tank, I joined BR at the same time as Network South East was formed. I started as a Travelling Ticket Collector (ATE in newspeak) and worked my way up through the grades, taking some 20 years, to Train Manager (Senior Guard, in old speak) retiring after nearly 30 years service.
NSE was an excellent rail system to work for; effectively it took all the commuter routes into London and brought them under one operational 'umbrella', for those who may not know.
I was based at Reading and covered both the Paddington and Waterloo lines from there. It was interesting, enjoyable work but then some idiot, sorry, clever person decided to privatise the railway and, in common with everyone working on the system back then felt :censored: !!!
We stopped getting railway staff at the top and got 'career managers' who wouldn't know which end of the train to put a tail lamp! My first Guards Inspector had joined the railway in 1953 as an engine cleaner then worked his way through the grades to Senior Inspector, London Area, Western Region. When I left my then governor had been on the railway 6 months and had come from the banking industry!
I think that will tell you anything you want to know. :veryangry: :censored:

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« Last Edit: June 02, 2015, 08:27:36 pm by Tank »
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 02:09:39 pm »
Hi Tank - post 5 - opps! :-[ Something went very wrong in replying to your question. :sorrysign:
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 03:15:43 pm »
Get a load of those baseboard joints :goggleeyes:
No butt joints like on my layouts :-[

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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 05:18:56 pm »
Get a load of those baseboard joints :goggleeyes:
No butt joints like on my layouts :-[

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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2015, 06:04:45 pm »
Good luck with the build Tank, i hope the build goes well.
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2015, 07:27:48 pm »
Speaking as a former employee of Network South East, Network North Division, (we didn't quite box the compass, even though we could easily have been called the North Western Division!) I can only wholly concur with Greg's view. Good luck with the build, I'm looking forward to see it develop. Are you going to get an NSE shove duff Tank?
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2015, 07:57:59 pm »
The plan looks and sounds great Tank.
Really looking forward to following the development of this build.
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Re: St Christopher's Green
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2015, 08:42:56 pm »
Hi Tank, I joined BR at the same time as Network South East was formed. I started as a Travelling Ticket Collector (ATE in newspeak) and worked my way up through the grades, taking some 20 years, to Train Manager (Senior Guard, in old speak) retiring after nearly 30 years service.

It sounds like you had a nice long career, but a shame that too many new managers came in and didn't know what they were doing.  Madness!

Get a load of those baseboard joints :goggleeyes:
No butt joints like on my layouts :-[

Thanks Mick, quite proud of them.  :)  It's a 'Corner Halving Joint', glued and two screws in each.  Far stronger than butt joints or mitre butt joints which tend to flex.

I don't think there is a name for "does it look square even after my sawing attempts..."

:D  It's just practice and patience.  They looked pretty rough before I belt sanded them!

Speaking as a former employee of Network South East, Network North Division, (we didn't quite box the compass, even though we could easily have been called the North Western Division!) I can only wholly concor with Greg's view. Good luck with the build, I'm looking forward to see it develop. Are you going to get an NSE shove duff Tank?

Another ex NSE employee.  :thumbsup:  Thank you.  Yes, I'll be getting all of the modern NSE diesels as they come out, and some Mk2 carriages.  I already have quite a fleet of vehicles to run on it, which will be mainly 3rd rail stock - although I'll run anything on it to be honest.  :)

Thanks also to Geoff and RossE. :NGaugersRule:

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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2015, 08:59:48 pm »
 :thankyousign: for your excellent work re my 'messed up post' No 5! :-[
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2015, 09:19:09 pm »
Hi Tank, I joined BR at the same time as Network South East was formed. I started as a Travelling Ticket Collector (ATE in newspeak) and worked my way up through the grades, taking some 20 years, to Train Manager (Senior Guard, in old speak) retiring after nearly 30 years service.

It sounds like you had a nice long career, but a shame that too many new managers came in and didn't know what they were doing.  Madness!


It was more than just those routes of course and my route knowledge (area) covered from Paddington to Bristol, Hereford (via Evesham), Stratford on Avon via Oxford and High Wycombe, all the branch lines in the London (WR and SR - from Waterloo) areas, Reading to Basingstoke, Bedwyn, Gatwick Airport and Tonbridge in BR times/early Thames Trains days but when FGW took over it was cut back to just Reading to Hereford, Paddington, Gatwick and Basingstoke, all either with 165/166 Turbos  ::), HSTs  :thumbsdown:or 180s  :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:.
For a man who entered a service filled with 47/50 hauled passenger, newspaper and parcels trains, vacuum brakes, MK 1 coaches or the 455s, REPs, VEPs and CIGS on the Southern and so on to be stuck on Turbos was boring and HSTs even worse. :(
Anything you want to know Tank, just ask. 
« Last Edit: June 02, 2015, 09:32:35 pm by D1042 Western Princess »
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