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Author Topic: Birmingham Knotmore Street  (Read 5812 times)

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #60 on: August 26, 2016, 03:40:23 pm »
Why, err thank you, though it's not even a layout yet, just some bits of Kato track and platform placed in an approximation of what it should be like some time in the future...
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #61 on: January 02, 2017, 09:50:28 am »
...months pass... finally the Gods of Time mercifully provided some relief to my temporal impecunity and have allowed me some hours to attend to that quadrant of the layout which will contain Knotmore Street and bodge it into a form which will allow gradual further development.

Here we see, rather unimpressively, the running lines entering the Snow Hill Tunnel (the rather Teutonic portal will of course be replaced by something more appropriate for carrying Birmingham's Inner Ring Road, or more likely "Metcalfe Street"); the "local" platforms in the background (these will of course be replaced by something less Kato-looking). Platform end canopies and station building will be in the location occupied by the porticoed structure (with much artistic license, for example it's possible the station building - which will be a representation rather than a faithful replica - will be a shell hiding the running lines, which curve behind the station). Below we see two lines which could be construed as leading to New Street (although in reality they pass below Moor Street almost at right angles).

knotmore-street-2017-01-02a by Rail Squid, on Flickr
Still needs an awful lot of imagination to picture what I'm intending here, but it's a start.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2017, 12:31:26 pm »
Hohum, that "pair" of low-level "New Street" tracks, which look perilously close to the baseboard edge - what I can do there, it occurred to me just now, is enclose them on both sides with brick arches, giving the impression of looking down on a cutting lined with brick arches, like wot you see in the middle of some cities. Even though that's not a true double-track section, hopefully it will cunningly give the illusion of a larger layout.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #63 on: January 02, 2017, 01:40:22 pm »
Hohum, that "pair" of low-level "New Street" tracks, which look perilously close to the baseboard edge - what I can do there, it occurred to me just now, is enclose them on both sides with brick arches, giving the impression of looking down on a cutting lined with brick arches, like wot you see in the middle of some cities. Even though that's not a true double-track section, hopefully it will cunningly give the illusion of a larger layout.

So something a bit like this:

knotmore-street-cutting-mockup-1 by Rail Squid, on Flickr



knotmore-street-cutting-mockup-2 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

Admittedly this particular juxtaposition of stock might be pushing the plausibility barrier but it was close at hand. The arches are German and will be used elsewhere, any recommendations for some British-style ones?
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #64 on: January 02, 2017, 02:18:49 pm »
Right on your doorstep... ::)  Scalescenes arches.

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #65 on: January 02, 2017, 02:39:48 pm »
Right on your doorstep... ::)  Scalescenes arches.

Jerry
Ta, rings a bell, looks very useful. Will investigate.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #66 on: January 02, 2017, 03:39:57 pm »
Railsquid,



If you overlook the rubbish ballasting and the gaps left by said process this is my city cutting using scalescenes arches.

Now seen a mouse poo in the foreground!!!  Dogs are lousy mousers...

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #67 on: January 02, 2017, 04:03:06 pm »
Excellent, just the thing!
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #68 on: January 05, 2017, 05:56:37 pm »
 :hellosign: Thanks for the updates Railsquid,
      regards Derek.

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #69 on: January 11, 2017, 09:36:12 pm »
Thanks for the recent updates. Glad to see progress being made.

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #70 on: January 12, 2017, 07:08:33 am »
In theory I have a couple of hours late in the evening most days, but work + small toddler have meant I've my energy reserves were limited mainly to researching/acquiring stock or doing something much less constructive like watching TV... Also doesn't help that said small toddler is asleep in the next room, which severely limits the scheduling opportunities to do any kind of woodbodgery. Nevertheless I've finally got the main loop provisionally done, and now looking at how to construct the base plate for the terminus platforms. A new printer has also been purchased, which will come in handy for printing Scalescenes stuff. Overall it's starting to fall into place and I've even worked out how to hack the Tomix setrack geometry so the overall trackplan will look vaguely recognizeable.
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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #71 on: January 12, 2017, 08:40:56 am »
Sounds very good. I hope, next week, to take some more "through" train pictures (backdated to December).

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #72 on: January 12, 2017, 10:28:16 am »
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Now I know what I've been doing for many years. Thank you! :-[

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #73 on: February 04, 2017, 04:53:26 pm »
After calling at Stratford-upon-Avon and Claverdon, the special train from Cornwall to Perthshire is now scheduled to halt at Birmingham Knormore Street for the night, the 'Green Dragon' retiring to Tyseley for servicing ready to resume its journey the following morning.

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Re: Birmingham Knotmore Street
« Reply #74 on: February 10, 2017, 11:43:21 am »
In another bout of temporal instability, Knotmore Street has slipped back to the late 1950s, where we see two local services halting at temporary platforms during ongoing construction works (judging by the writing on the sign it looks like a Japanese contractor is involved). On the left a 14xx 0-4-2 is sandwiched between two autocoaches on a stopping service headed in the general direction of the Black Country, while a 45xx 2-6-2 pulling a B-coach set is bound for a destination in southern Warwickshire.

Ex-GWR 14xx 0-4-2 and 45xx 2-6-2 by Rail Squid, on Flickr

It should be noted that in the alternative timeline represented here, locomotives and formations may not exactly match those known to us in our version of reality.
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