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Author Topic: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama  (Read 910 times)

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Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« on: January 18, 2012, 02:26:00 am »
While this isn't a 6 x 4 diorama it was a diorama done for a project in another place and sort of fits in here. It's a bit bigger, roughly A4 (210mm x 297mm)
If it needs moving to another place would a moderator/admin do so please.



Pentrecourt Halt was the stopping place on the Newcastle Emlyn branch in West Wales for Pentre cwrt and the Alltycefn Woollen Mill, some 5 miles and 21 chains from the junction at Pencader and between Landyssul and Henllan.

The single line crossed from the south side of the valley over the Afon Teifi to the north side via a plate girder bridge supported on stone piers.



A farmer's occupation bridge pierced the embankment a little further on, and then a culvert for a stream before the single short wooden platform and pagoda style corrugated iron hut on the up side of the running line was reached.

The Platform was opened on the 1st of February 1912 but was referred to as a Halt in timetables until its closure in 1952. Something to do with the length of the platform.

From the Halt, the line ran downstream towards Henllan, passing under the minor road supported on the wonderful Alltycefan Bridge (pictured in the sketch) before contouring around to the right alongside the steep hillside above the river and then plunging into the 167 yard long Alltycefan tunnel.

This topic will show how the diorama was created over a period of 8 months by someone who had never got beyond the baseboard stage.

If you are just starting out I DO recommend something small like this to test and learn. I had read and thought I understood all of the construction concepts but had never tried them... ballasting? Yeah, I reckon I can do that!
This Diorama was a validation of my skills, if I was happy with the result then it was worth starting the main layout.

... and yes... this is N scale. Welcome aboard I hope you enjoy the ride.



Always happy to answer questions or take on constructive criticism, after all, that's how we learn.

Bear in mind though that while using the prototype as a base for the model I didn't have the skill or the space to slavishly model it to scale, Rule one applies, if it makes me happy then that's good enough.

cheers Marty
« Last Edit: January 18, 2012, 07:31:18 am by Marty »

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2012, 08:26:22 am »
Hi Marty - if I can get anywhere near as good as that I'll be over the moon.
Superb :thumbsup:

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2012, 08:47:50 am »
Thanks, it was a lot of fun to do and after the missus had seen it the negotiations for a dedicated layout room were much easier... and eventually successful  :thumbsup:

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2012, 01:43:35 pm »
Amazing quality, I really will take up fishing at this rate.
Some days its just not worth gnawing through the straps.

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2012, 01:53:28 pm »
Although i have seen it before i have to say superb modelling Marty....
colours, textures, weathering everything is very subtly done.... :thumbsup:

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2012, 03:34:51 pm »
Looks really good - are you going to integrate it into the railway room layout ?
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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2012, 03:44:58 pm »
if you wanted to display this as an operator free, operating diorama then you could use one of the coltrol kits that the MERG are developing. they are quite diverse and can be adapted, they even control points, so it would be feasible to have a run around loop at the rear and a ladder fiddle yard. this way one loco could run left-right, then round the back to store, then do it with another train.
Cheers
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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2012, 10:48:42 am »
Looks wonderful.  Very well done, and great colours. :thumbsup:

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Re: Pentre Cwrt Halt (or Pentrecourt Halt) - Marty's Diorama
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2012, 08:58:29 pm »
fantastic modelling marty :thumbsup: i really must have a go at a dorama in the future.
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