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Title: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 29, 2014, 08:01:07 PM
Evening all!

I've decided to embark on a little project. As some of you may know I enjoy building layouts so created a small layout building service. For a while I have had a selection of 'Starter Layouts' on offer but these have all been Roundy Roundy (Train Set) style. I came up with a plan (Based very much on Hornby Magazine's Project Build It) for a small Branch line (6'x1') that could be offered in several stages. As a trial I decided to build the fully Scenic option to get an idea on how well the layout works, and to keep me occupied. I am going to be very unoriginal in that it will be a GWR Branch but the reasons for this are:
1 - It can be based around the Ratio range
2 - Plenty of suitable stock available
3 - GWR is simply the best :P

I do plan on selling the layout once completed, full details of the stages I plan to offer the layout in can be found here:
http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/starterbranch.htm (http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/starterbranch.htm)

This is the Track Plan.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SmallSaleLayoutPlan.png) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SmallSaleLayoutPlan.png.html)

Here is the Scenic Plan. It's a fairly standard branch layout with a small station, goods yard and small loco shed. I plan to use the Ratio range of buildings in true GWR Branch Line fashion.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SmallSaleLayoutPlan-Scenic.png) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SmallSaleLayoutPlan-Scenic.png.html)

So I arrived at Club (Telford Railway Modellers Group) armed with a pile of timber....
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140814_194359.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140814_194359.jpg.html)

And about 90 mins later I had myself a couple of boards :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140814_204127.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140814_204127.jpg.html)

A 'work in progress' shot taken during track laying.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140820_134757.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140820_134757.jpg.html)

This is where I'm currently at. All track is now laid with wires attached ready to be wired up. I will soon be inserting the 'Scenic-FY' Break.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_193941.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_193941.jpg.html)

Scenic Section.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_194040.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_194040.jpg.html)

Fiddle Yard.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_194047.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_194047.jpg.html)

And a overall track plan view.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_193948.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140824_193948.jpg.html)

So that's where I'm up to at the moment. I plan to get the track wired up next, then follow that by doing the points. As I mentioned earlier on I do plan on selling this layout upon completion, so if you may be interested then please do get in touch :)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Richard G Dallimore on August 29, 2014, 08:13:47 PM
Interesting idea, good luck
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Newportnobby on August 29, 2014, 09:46:49 PM
Interesting :hmmm:

This is the main area board for my 'Belchford' (damn) 'Bletchford' layout:-

(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Greybeema on August 30, 2014, 08:53:42 AM
Hi Ollie,

I think this is a great idea and a great way to improve basic skills. 

My question is:- 
How complete are you going to make it and how "Great Way Round" is it going to be, is it better to keep it more generic to allow it to be sold on later?

 

Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 31, 2014, 08:34:49 PM
My question is:- 
How complete are you going to make it and how "Great Way Round" is it going to be, is it better to keep it more generic to allow it to be sold on later?

I aim to fully complete the layout, maybe aside from a few detail bits (Is a layout ever complete?). I can see where you are coming from with the generic point as not everyone loves the GWR. I'm doing this particular one GWR as the buildings can easily be sourced which meant I could work out a price on the website, and I'm a GWR Fan. If a buyer wanted a different region then I would build to their desires. (So if there is anyone interested in this particular one and doesn't want GWR, let me know before TINGs as this is when I aim to buy the buildings)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Dr Al on September 04, 2014, 09:26:24 AM
Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/ (http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/) doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 06, 2014, 09:24:11 PM
Evening All,

I really let this little project slip. TINGs, Work and an outing with Sheaf have got in the way!! Lets begin with a small update that is actually a month old but I never got round to posting!!

I have now got the control panel sorted. Points, Isolators and the Signal are all to be controlled with Mini-Toggle Switches. I plan to put different colours on them depending on what they are for.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_184340.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_184340.jpg.html)

I then began the fun bit! I got the isolators all wired up and had a play test. As can be seen, the first point motor has been fitted, but this was the only one I had to hand.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_120831.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_120831.jpg.html)

During the test, the Station Cat decided to see if the trackwork was to her approval!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_184607.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20140907_184607.jpg.html)

It was my clubs exhibition last weekend and I took a load of surplus items to sell. Sold a fair few bits that meant I could spend some pennies with fellow NGF Member Ian Morton (Modelscape). So thats the rest of the point motors, mounting plates, Accessory Switches and a CDU which should be all needed to complete the wiring (Aside from a COMBI, but my Bachmann one will do for now).

Tonight I have fitted the rest of the motors. Now to wire the thing up! Good thing I have a day off on Wednesday :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17113.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17113.jpg.html)


Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have [url]http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/[/url] ([url]http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/[/url]) doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan


Interesting, the link works my end? Does it not work for anyone else?

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: ColinH on October 06, 2014, 09:31:41 PM
Minor point, Ollie - you say sell via the website, but the web link you have [url]http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/[/url] ([url]http://thefiddleyard.webs.com/[/url]) doesn't appear to work?

Cheers,
Alan


Just tried the link here and it worked for me fine. Using Firefox and Windows 7
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 28, 2014, 12:55:29 PM
Afternoon all,

Small update today. I have now completed the wiring (apart from the signal which should be arriving in the next couple of days) and had a good play test session and pleased to say all is working fine. And the resident Station Cat also approves, I've yet to introduce the new Station Kitten to the layout!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/N%20Gauge/SDC17116.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/N%20Gauge/SDC17116.jpg.html)

Whilst at the Leeds show this past weekend I picked up the backscene for the layout so that will be fitted fairly soon

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Tank on October 28, 2014, 09:06:13 PM
Looking good.  Keep up the good work.  I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Newportnobby on October 28, 2014, 09:27:36 PM
I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:

 :laughabovepost:
De Walt groupie :P :D
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 01, 2014, 09:44:49 PM
Evening all, bit of an update for you all today.

Looking good.  Keep up the good work.  I think I spotted a DeWalt drill in the second and third photos? :drool:


See if you can spot one in these pics ;)

Lets start off with the most obvious addition, this being the backscene. It is one from the ID range, Hills and Dales Pack C I think.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17147.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17147.jpg.html)

And the Dapol Signal has now been installed. Need to wire it in now!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17148.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17148.jpg.html)

Now onto a few minor additions. First being a tad boring, but essential. Bufferstops!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17149.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17149.jpg.html)

I have also put in the first couple of Dapol magnets.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17151.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17151.jpg.html)

And lastly I realised I had forgotten something during track laying.... The inspection/ash pit for the loco shed line! Ready to add in.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17150.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/SDC17150.jpg.html)

Got a week off work now so hopefully I'll get a bit done this coming week :D

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Newportnobby on November 01, 2014, 09:49:15 PM
The ID backscene is the one I have for Bletchford :D
Did you really have to get that De Walt in the shot - Tank will be getting all unnecessary when he sees that :laugh:
Title: Re: The Starter Branch - Plan It, Build It, Sell It
Post by: Danfilm007 on November 01, 2014, 10:05:55 PM
I love the whole project, although you inspired me to rip up all my b :censored: y track!

Best of wishes and hope the end product is as good as your other layout.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 09, 2015, 09:40:40 PM
Evening all,

Well it's been a while since I updated this! The first thing that has changed is the thread title as the layout now has a name - Wenlock. I'm rather enjoying this little layout so I have decided that whilst I still plan to sell this layout on completion, I will also exhibit it a little until a buyer is found.

So what has happened since the last update? Well at first glance not a huge amount until you notice that the layout now has some buildings on it! For Christmas I received the four ratio kits I was after for the layout and these are now all in various stages of construction. I am really taking my time with the construction and painting of these as I want to get them looking just right.

Here is the current state of the kits, first off we have the goods shed. This is looking the least complete of the lot at the moment due to the lack of roof! This is so I can finish of the interior first.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0006.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0006.jpg.html)

Next we have a two in one picture, the loco shed and the loco depot. The depot still needs all the little details added to it but the loco shed is pretty much there aside from windows and a bit of weathering. This pic also shows that I did get round to fitting the pit.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0005.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0005.jpg.html)

The final kit is the Station building. This is by far the most complete of the kits so far with only the canopy, chimneys and timetable boards to add.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0007.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0007.jpg.html)

You can also see in the above pictures that ballasting has begun, I've only done a small part so far but I'm happy with the results. So with all those in mind this is the current state of the layout...
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0004.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0004.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0003.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0003.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0002.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0002.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0001.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0001.jpg.html)

So progress is happening, albeit very slowly! I'll be doing my best to update this thread more often so watch this space!

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on March 10, 2015, 09:37:38 AM
By any chance based loosely on Much Wenlock in Shropshire, Ollie?
Having lived there for some years, the ID backscene gives a good representation of the area.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 05, 2015, 09:03:34 PM
Evening all!

By any chance based loosely on Much Wenlock in Shropshire, Ollie?
Having lived there for some years, the ID backscene gives a good representation of the area.


I will admit that is where I got the name from, and also being fairly local to myself it just seemed to sound right.

Right, Update time!!!

First off a buildings update. I'm slowly getting there with the buildings for Wenlock. Engine shed and goods shed pretty much there (aside from guttering), service depot and station building to go!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0012.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0012.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0013.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0013.jpg.html)

I took advantage of a rather lovely evening to take Wenlock outside to do some work on it. First off I added the fascia boards in preparation for the landscaping.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0008.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0008.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0010.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0010.jpg.html)

I also finished off the base structure for the platform. Next jobs will be to add the plasticard tops to the platform and begin some hills!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0009.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0009.jpg.html)

And to end we have an overall shot.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0011.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0011.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: port perran on April 05, 2015, 09:06:15 PM
This is looking really good. Please keep the pictures coming.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: bluedepot on April 05, 2015, 09:37:24 PM
looks good! 

tim
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on April 05, 2015, 09:52:58 PM
Keep up the good work, Ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 20, 2015, 08:55:31 PM
Evening all,

A small update on the layout itself along with some other news today.

First off Wenlock has had an exhibition booking!! The invite originally began as one for Sheaf, but as I aim to have sold Sheaf by then I offered Wenlock as a substitute and they said Yes!! So Wenlock is currently due to make its exhibition debut at the Blackpool & North Flyde show September 2016. Well unless something crops up beforehand.

Time for the layout update, I spent yesterday sorting the landscaping out. So we now have a hilly Wenlock :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0014.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0014.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0015.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0015.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0016.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0016.jpg.html)


Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 20, 2015, 10:10:01 PM
Coming along very nicely indeed. I look forward to the next updates.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on April 20, 2015, 10:21:26 PM
Great news about the booking in our neck of the woods, Ollie :claphappy:
It's generally a very good show.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on April 20, 2015, 10:32:40 PM
I like the hilly Wenlock!  :thumbsup:

Also am impressed with the stone finish you have achieved on the Ratio buildings.  :beers:

George
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 21, 2015, 06:59:04 AM
I like the hilly Wenlock!  :thumbsup:

Also am impressed with the stone finish you have achieved on the Ratio buildings.  :beers:

George

Me, too. How did you achieve the excellent stone finish on the Ratio buildings, please?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 24, 2015, 11:32:04 PM
I like the hilly Wenlock!  :thumbsup:

Also am impressed with the stone finish you have achieved on the Ratio buildings.  :beers:

George

Me, too. How did you achieve the excellent stone finish on the Ratio buildings, please?

Thanks Chaps!

To be truthful it's actually been a bit of luck. I gave the buildings an all over coat in a dark grey and then drybrushed several varying lighter shades over the top until I thought it looked about right.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: lil chris on April 25, 2015, 12:05:13 AM
Well they look about right Ollie, not just alright but pretty good/impressive.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 25, 2015, 05:39:10 AM
Thanks for the explanation Ollie. I need to try your grey stone finish technique before I tackle the station building for Cant Cove. I think I'll try it out, first, on a tunnel mouth I have which needs repainting.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 25, 2015, 03:40:57 PM
Afternoon all,

Quite a few pictures today, from what seemed like very little work! But lets get straight into them!!

I have now nearly completed the wiring for the layout. Now the vast majority has been done for a while now but I still had to wire in the Signal and fit the PL13s to the Point Motors. Now this is done! Well except I was short one PL13!! So three wires left to do at some point.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0017.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0017.jpg.html)

With that complete I decided to spruce up the new hills. I gave them a coating of light earthy brown, this certainly gives a bit of life to the layout.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0018.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0018.jpg.html)

I then set about finishing off the ballasting. All tracks have now had a healthy dose of Woodland Scenics Fine Grey, just waiting for it to dry now.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0019.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0019.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0020.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0020.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0021.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0021.jpg.html)

By this stage the brown had dried and I just had to get the scatter out. So I now have a grassy Wenlock!! It's amazing how quickly this has gone from looking quite bare to this.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0022.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0022.jpg.html)

I also added some 'sooty' deposits to the loco shed and the bridge.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0026.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0026.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0027_1.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0027_1.jpg.html)

Finally I popped the buildings back on to get a proper feel of how this is going to look when 'finished'.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0028_1.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0028_1.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0023.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0023.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0024.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0024.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0025.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0025.jpg.html)

So we're getting somewhere!

I have started thinking about what stock to get to run on here. So if anyone has any ideas/suggestions then please feel free to speak up, I'm sure Karhedron could provide a never ending list of items ;)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 25, 2015, 04:21:36 PM
Looking very nice indeed. My suggestions: ex-GWR 14XX, 45XX, 4575, and 57XX tank locos. Ex-GWR autocoach, ex-GWR B Set. Ex-GWR Collett coach(s) for strengthening the B Set on market says and holidays or for a through train portion to London? In the diesel era, D63XX (Class 22) (can work with B Set and / or Collett coaches; plus on goods trains). 55XXX (class 121 or 122) diesel railcar. Ex-GWR diesel railcar. Coaches can be in BR crimson & cream, crimson, or maroon and the ex-GWR railcars in BR crimson (only parcels railcars), BR crimson & cream, early BR DMU green (lighter) or late BR DMU green (darker); some had white cab roofs. Maybe, a D70XX (Class 35) on passenger or goods trains? There are other steam possibilities such as a BR Standard 3MT 2-6-2T in BR WR lined green livery.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 25, 2015, 04:45:49 PM
That's quite a list Chris!!

My aim is to run this in early BR days (early 1950s) so all steam (with a possible exception of a GWR railcar). I'm also planning to keep stock purchasing to a minimum (a rarity for me!!) so that all stock will fit into one stock box.

Loco wise I plan on the following:
57XX/8750 Pannier
45XX Prairie (I prefer the straight sided tanks)
64XX Pannier
Possibly a 14XX, but not a major 'want'

As the loop can only fit 2 coaches I am planning on a B-Set and I'm currently on the lookout for a set at a decent price for me to repaint into BR Crimson. Either a Crimson or Crimson/Cream Autocoach will also be in the mix. I may also go for a couple of random other coaches to create a mixed rake, Hawksworth mixed with a MK1 suburban maybe? A Crimson NGS Collett BG has also been ordered.

I plan a variety of freight that'll make pick up goods services. Box Vans, Open Wagons, Fruit D, Mineral, Cattle, Pipe/Tube etc. The Collett BG could also be used on a short milk train, what livery would be most suitable for the tankers?

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on April 25, 2015, 05:12:41 PM
Sounds to me like there could be a good few Mk1s up for sale then, Ollie ;) >:D
From my days of selling milk bottle capping foil to various dairies I would suggest probably United Dairies as having travelled up from the Western Region :hmmm:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 26, 2015, 09:15:59 AM
Thanks for the reply, Ollie. I see that you've already got a good idea of what you want to run. The 64XX panniers are due out this year; I'm trying to resist buying one! The Dapol 45XXs are available, new, at very attractive prices. I believe they are Dapol's last production run of these. The Dapol 4575s were a limited edition and are more expensive to buy. The Dapol B Sets come up for sale regularly on eBay, particularly the BR Maroon ones (which I guess would be fairly easy to respray in BR Crimson). However, beware that the early models have faulty bogies which will need replacing to avoid derailments. (New bogies are available, e.g., from Hattons.)

The BR Suburban coaches are the short type, the WR used the long frame ones but, otherwise, yes, you could use one with a Collett or Hawksworth coach. I have seen pictures of such mixed pairs.

A shorter brake coach, e.g., BR Crimson ex-LMSR Stove R, can be used on milk trains if you want to save your longer Collett BG for parcels trains. I also think that United Dairies milk tankers (the Dapol 6-wheeled type not the Peco 4-wheelers) would be an appropriate choice.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: NeMo on April 26, 2015, 09:44:59 AM
The Collett BG could also be used on a short milk train, what livery would be most suitable for the tankers?
By the mid 1950s virtually all milk tankers were silver. The pretty and colourful ones you see on Dapol's models are mostly pre-war. During the war they were mostly painted silver as a cost saving measure and as part of a unified milk production effort that eventually because the Milk Marketing Board.

After the war some went back to their original owners (primarily United Dairies and Express) but little effort seems to have been made to repaint even these until the mid 60s, when some moves were made to create recognisable brands. St Ivel is the notable one, part of the Unigate company (which was itself created by the merger of United Dairies and Cow & Gate).

Oddly enough, though the orange and white St Ivel livery was quite commonly seen in late 60s/early 70s milk trains, it hasn't been painted onto the otherwise rather generic Dapol tankers that seem to carry all sorts of other liveries! Even more oddly, some Dapol liveries seem, if they're not actually fictional, then extremely rare. There are two liveries, one for the Co-op and one for Express Dairies that use relatively modern logos and typefaces, so can't have been prewar, but I've not seen any photographic evidence of them anywhere. The Express Dairies one for example uses the swooshy "E" logo that appeared on their milk floats during the 60s, so can't be any earlier that that, and Express stopped shipping milk by rail during the mid 70s, so can't be any later.

One last observation would be that milk tanks were externally filthy. They were steam cleaned inside before loading, but given the time it took to move them (daily) between the countryside and the cities, there simply wasn't time to clean them on the outside.

Anyway, below is a rejigging of the table I produced for an NGS Journal article about a year ago, on the topic of Dapol's milk tank liveries. Basically, you can't go wrong with the plain silver ones if modelling anything post-nationalisation. You could slot one or two "old time" liveries in your train if you wanted, but heavily weathered, to replicate one that hadn't been repainted. Or perhaps you could buy some of the faintly fictional Co-op or Express Dairies ones, creating your own modern dairy industry on your branchline.

Cheers, NeMo

NB-028   Express (dark blue)   30s/40s/50s
NB-031   United Dairies (white)   30s/40s/50s
NB-031   IMS (red)   30s/40s
NB-032   Co-Op Wholesale (green)   30s/40s
NB-044   Co-Op Milk (white)   Unknown, 60s/70s typeface, but possibly fictional
NB-045   Milk Marketing Board   60s
NB-050   Unigate Creameries (silver)   60s/70s
NB-054   IMS (blue)   30s/40s
NB-056   Co-Op Wholesale (red)   30s/40s
NB-115A   Co-Op Milk (white)   Unknown, 60s/70s typeface, but possibly fictional
NB-115B   Milk Marketing Board   60s
NB-115C   Express (light blue)   Uses 60s/70s logo, but possibly fictional
NB-115D   IMS (blue)   30s
2F-031-001   United Dairies (white)   30s/40s/50s
2F-031-002   Express (dark blue)   30s/40s/50s
2F-031-003   IMS (red)   30s/40s
2F-031-004   Unigate Creameries (silver)   60s/70s
2F-031-005   Co-Op Milk (white)   Unknown, 60s/70s typeface, but possibly fictional
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 04, 2015, 05:55:25 PM
Evening all!

Thanks for all the tips on stock, got a pretty good idea on what to run now. I had a root through the stock I use for Sheaf (waaaaay to much of it!) and have chosen a small collection of items that will now find home on Wenlock. Mostly wagons but I had a random MK1 Suburban in Crimson that will do nicely and thanks to Dr Al it now has two bogies!! (One had been misplaced somehow!). Another addition is a Dapol B-set which was purchased from eBay at a reasonable price. These have started to be dismantled so they can be sprayed into Crimson. No locos as of yet, but there's plenty of time before they will be needed!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0029.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0029.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0030.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0030.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0031.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0031.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0032.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0032.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 04, 2015, 06:09:01 PM
Coming along very nicely, Ollie. However, isn't that 'Iron Ore' hopper way astray? 8-)

If your B Set is (like mine) an old one it may need replacement bogies as the original bogies had a tendency to derail. (John of Claverdon warned me and all 3 of my B Sets need new bogies which he is kindly doing for me as he had the same problem with his B Set, too.)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: port perran on May 04, 2015, 06:40:13 PM
Thanks for the update Ollie.
Nice collection of stock starting to develop there.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 28, 2015, 10:45:51 AM
Morning all,

Not much happening with Wenlock at the current time due to a layout I'm building for someone else! However there is a bit of stock related news.

I have now resprayed the B-Set into Crimson, these are now awaiting transfers.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0044.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0044.jpg.html)

Also Wenlock now has it's first resident loco. A lovely birthday gift from my mum has seen a Dapol Pannier arrive :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0045.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0045.jpg.html)

In other news I also plan to enter Wenlock in next years NGS AMMC seen as it meets the size restrictions.

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on June 28, 2015, 10:52:17 AM
Cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 28, 2015, 12:01:16 PM
Very nice work.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 20, 2015, 03:57:54 PM
Afternoon all,

Once again not a huge amount to report, but there are a few new additions. A Dapol Prairie has found its way on to the layout along with a Hawksworth Brake Third. So thats both locos I wanted for the layout and the carriage will run with my MK1 Suburban in a mixed rake.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150920_153514.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150920_153514.jpg.html)

So the stock box is starting to look the part, don't really need much else now. Well maybe a couple of milk tankers.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/20150920_153627.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/20150920_153627.jpg.html)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Mito on January 18, 2016, 09:00:54 PM
What a great little layout! :thumbsup:. Can't wait for more :photospleasesign:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: portland-docks on January 20, 2016, 02:41:39 PM
wonder where that prairie originally came from? a railway in the moors by any chance? :P

our prairie has had to be withdrawn from service due to bad quartering, need a decent chassis on it! :(
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 06, 2016, 09:41:03 PM
Afternoon All!

Long time no update!

Wenlock has been on the back burner for a while whilst I finished off a layout for someone, with that completed and delivered in Jan I have got back to work on Wenlock. Now it's debut is in just 4 weeks at the Church Stretton show which is on April 2nd ( http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11484-Event (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/11484-Event) ) so there was plenty to do. Now the layout won't be 100% complete at the show as I haven't even thought about the lighting rig! But scenic wise it should be pretty much there. Work restarted on the layout a couple of weeks back so I thought I should keep you all updated on progress.

Legs! Now during construction I have been resting the layout on a set of trestles I had spare from a previous project. Yes they do the job but they are very low and too wide, some new ones were in order.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_172834.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_172834.jpg.html)

I like to think that the layout will be fairly self contained so I decided to go for fold-away legs. The Scenic board is 3ft6in long and this worked out to be a nice working/viewing height so i've knocked up a very simple pair of legs that fold up and interlock with each other.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_182331.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_182331.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_182202.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_182202.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_103347.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_103347.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_202048.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160206_202048.jpg.html)

I also attached a set to one end of the fiddle yard. Now this does mean when folded up the leg is longer than the board, but I eventually plan to build a container to transport the layout in and the overhand will make a handy shelf for the stock box! Haha. So step one in getting the layout show ready was complete.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102128.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102128.jpg.html)

I have also now completed the electrics on the layout. A few PL13s were the last job along with the wiring and installation of the walkabout controller. With the layout all working a, test session was in order!!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102156.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102156.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102226.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160207_102226.jpg.html)
Talking of testing, I have also been working on fitting NEM pockets to the stock. The Farish wagons I've done many times before but I had a couple of new items to convert including the B-Set and the Prairie. Both were fairly easy conversions and they can be seen below.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160216_090018.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/20160216_090018.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0055.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0055.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0056.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0056.jpg.html)
With the front Fascia given a coat of Black (Matt for now, will eventually be given a nice Satin coat) it was time to crack on with finishing the scenics. A couple of orders arrived last week the first of which contained 20 trees from The Model Tree Shop, I must say I am very impressed with the products (Much better than the bog brush trees used on Sheaf!). I just had to place them in a rough position to get a feel of what it'll look like, complete with stock and buildings of course!
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0057.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0057.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0058.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0058.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0060.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0060.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0061.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0061.jpg.html)
The other delivery contained a couple of Oxford cars, Lineside and station fencing along with some scatter for the yard. Today saw some hedges added, 15 trees planted and the lineside fencing at the rear of the yard added. I may get some more trees to give it a denser look, but undecided as of yet. I've also stuck down the loco depot base. It's starting to look like a layout now :D
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0062.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0062.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0063.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/FY%20Starter%20Branch/Wenlock0063.jpg.html)
So that's the past 6 months which actually has taken place over the last 4 weeks! The next 4 weeks will no doubt fly by and I'm really looking forward to the start of what I hope will be a decent run of shows for Wenlock. Currently the only other show is TINGs 2017 but here's hoping for some local shows take interest on the 2nd April.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 06, 2016, 09:53:25 PM
Many thanks, Ollie, for the long overdue update which was well worth waiting for. The photos. really show the excellence of your scenic work. The last three photos. show how realistic the layout now looks.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on March 06, 2016, 10:27:36 PM
Thanks for the excellent update, Ollie, despite more bloody advertising for De Walt and your cat being decapitated in photo 5 :P
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Mito on March 06, 2016, 11:10:11 PM
A lovely set of photos of a lovely layout.  :thumbsup: I think a stronger diagonal on the legs wouldn't be a bad idea for more stability.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: port perran on March 07, 2016, 08:17:48 AM
Nice photos and a very nice little layout there.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: paulprice on March 07, 2016, 10:42:18 AM
looking good
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on March 28, 2016, 04:19:33 PM
Afternoon all,

A lovely set of photos of a lovely layout.  :thumbsup: I think a stronger diagonal on the legs wouldn't be a bad idea for more stability.

I added a couple of leg braces this past week and it certainly has added some much needed stability to the layout.

In other news, we are show ready! These past couple of weeks have seen some 'finishing' touches added ready for Church Stretton this coming weekend. Ground cover has been added in the yard along with uncoupling magnets by the goods shed. Lots of bushes/hedges have been added along with some final trees along the front. Station fencing has been erected too. Now there are a few more details I plan to add but these will be added in time, such as people and finishing off the station forecourt.

A couple of snaps to show how the layout will look on Saturday.
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/Wenlock0076.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/Wenlock0076.jpg.html)
(http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii309/olliereading1123/Wenlock0077.jpg) (http://s267.photobucket.com/user/olliereading1123/media/Wenlock0077.jpg.html)

So roll on April 2nd, Only 5 days to go!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 28, 2016, 04:45:28 PM
Thanks, Ollie, for the update. Looks excellent.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on March 28, 2016, 07:00:05 PM
Looks great, Ollie, but I'd still like to know how Sheaf found its way to the York Show without you! :laugh:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on December 08, 2016, 09:05:07 PM
Evening all!

So roll on April 2nd, Only 5 days to go!


So it's 8 months later and no update, where has the time gone?!

Wenlock made it's exhibition debut at the Church Stretton show in April this year and it couldn't have gone better. Layout ran a dream and had quite a lot of interest (Including some invited I had to turn down due to work). Given the layout is solely operated with two locos (plus an occasional visit by a certain Blue engine!) I was delighted that there is enough operational interest to keep me going all day. Some of the wagons could do with being weighted but that will come with time.

Here are the very belated pics from April!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4-081216205422.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4-081216205844.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4-081216205942.jpeg)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/46/4-081216210419.jpeg)

Minor details are still needed to be added as the layout has been put to one side as of late. But all being well time will be available in the next couple of months to add these.

I am also in the process of buying my first house (Some serious adulting going on here!) and the property we are buying has already had a railway room claimed. I'm getting me a garage!!

In other news Wenlock is currently booked in to two shows for 2017 (Monmouth in Feb and TINGs in September) with a third provisionally booked (Welshpool in Oct). Lighting is still required on the layout which will be present for TINGs but may still be required for Monmouth.

I'll do my best not to let 8 months pass by again!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on December 09, 2016, 09:51:32 AM
Good to hear from you, Ollie, and pleased the show went well and MW has further bookings.
Thanks for plugging the forum as well.
As for the house, you do realise this is not adulthood but the onset of pauperism! :worried: ;)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Drakken on December 09, 2016, 09:56:32 AM
Unbelievable work, The layout looks amazing it looks 'just right' from every angle you've posted. I'm going a a few exhibition's next year and really look forward to seeing this in person if I can  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 10, 2016, 10:02:01 AM
A really excellent compact layout. Many thanks for the latest set of photos.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 21, 2017, 12:55:54 PM
Morning all,

And little update exhibition wise. Wenlock is confirmed to have its second outing in 3 weeks time. This will be at the exhibition held by Monmouth Rotary Club Sunday 12th Feb.

Testing will commence in the next week or so to double check everything is in order. I might even finish of the station detailing if I find the time!

Cheers

Ollie
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on January 21, 2017, 01:33:38 PM
Good luck with the show, Ollie.
Are you still addicted to MK1s?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 12, 2017, 06:55:04 AM
Morning all,

Well it's show day! Just heading off to Monmouth so please do stop by if you are in the area.

Good luck with the show, Ollie.
Are you still addicted to MK1s?

Ta Mick. Not as much these days, I'd say my collection is around half of what it was at its peak! A future layout is in planning that will require specific MK1s so I'm working on picking up the required ones as and when.


Cheers

Ollie
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on February 12, 2017, 07:18:10 AM
All good stuff, Ollie.  :thumbsup:

Always room for an extra Mk 1, though!  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on February 12, 2017, 10:10:37 AM
A future layout is in planning that will require specific MK1s so I'm working on picking up the required ones as and when.



@Ollie3440 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=4)
Let me know if there are any specific ones you need and I'll see if I can help out.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 24, 2017, 01:40:06 PM
Afternoon all,

A little late in posting, but then that seems to be a recurring theme of this thread! Below are the photos from Wenlock's second outing on the exhibition circuit. This time a Sunday only show hosted by the Monmouth Rotary club.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133204.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48929)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133252.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48930)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133315.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48931)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133338.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48932)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133417.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48933)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133456.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48934)

And as can be seen in the pic of the fiddle yard, everyone's favourite Blue engine was on fine form.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/48/4-240217133526.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=48935)

The layout ran very well, and it was also the first layout to be seen as you entered the exhibition. The layout received an invite for a similar show hosted by Ross-on-Wye rotary club, the form should be sent back soon once I confirm availability with work.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on February 24, 2017, 03:17:45 PM
I'm glad the day went well, Ollie.
Nice pics of a 'less is more' layout :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 26, 2017, 03:52:44 PM
Afternoon All,

Small update for you all, unfortunately I have had to withdraw Wenlock from TINGs 2017. There is a possibility of a family event around the same time so I've made the decision to cancel now so as not to disrupt the organisers last minute. All being well I'll still be there one day as a visitor and I'm looking at taking Wenlock in 2018 instead.

Cheers

Ollie
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 19, 2017, 05:27:29 PM
Evening all,

Small update for you all today. Wenlock has been booked in for a show towards the end of the year. Saturday 4th November is the date, with Rodington in Shropshire being the location. So with it being approx 15 mins from home to the show this will certainly go down as the most local show currently around!

http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/15250-RodingtonModelRailwaySocietyExhibition (http://www.ukmodelshops.co.uk/events/15250-RodingtonModelRailwaySocietyExhibition)

Oh and I've got a new loco! Managed to pick up a Farish 64XX Pannier for a lovely £55, would have been rude not to at that price! Now I had always intended to run the layout with the two previous locos but the Dapol 45XX has never been the best of runners, the 64XX will replace it and the prairie will become a backup loco.

Cheers,

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 11, 2018, 06:06:13 PM
Evening all.

Well once again we have an update that is long overdue! Wenlock had it's third showing at the Rodington model railway exhibition. By far the closest show available with it being around 10 mins from home! Very nice little show with plenty of interest and another couple of invites. A few pics below of the day which was run with the pannier fleet. You can also see the new totem which was purchased from Custom Layout Signs. I've also added a few figures and station nameboards.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4-110118175602.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60450)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4-110118175804.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60451)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4-110118175913.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60452)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4-110118180053.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60453)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/60/4-110118180150.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=60455)

An updated list of 2018 shows is below:

Craven Arms 5th May
Ellesmere  11/12th August
TINGs 8/9th September

This will pretty much be the extent of shows for this year due to work commitments but in other news Wenlock will be appearing in Railway Modeller later in the year.

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on April 24, 2018, 08:51:53 PM
Evening all!

Just a quick one to mention that Wenlock will be making it's 4th outing at Ludlow Racecourse on Saturday 5th May courtesy of Craven Arms and District Model Railway Circle. Hopefully see some of you there!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on April 24, 2018, 09:56:10 PM
On the flat or over the jumps, Ollie ;)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 07, 2018, 08:31:03 PM
Evening all,

Must be a record me posting show pics only 2 days after the show itself! Layout was well received and although there was a couple of electrical niggles I was able to operate around them without the public noticing. Pics below featuring a very special Blue and Green engine!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518200333.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65050)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518200517.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65051)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518200718.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65052)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518200824.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65054)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518200919.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65057)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/4-070518201028.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65059)

So that is 4 shows under the belt. Another 2 booked for this year:
Ellesmere 11/12th August.
TINGs 8/9th September
There is also a booking for April next year thanks to @Tank (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2)

There is some development on the layout too. I am considering extending the layout..... my current plans are to add a 3ft 6in board inbetween the existing two that would double the scenic section. It would simply be a single line so very little changes would be needed wiring wise and it'll simply be there to actually give the locos a bit more space to run!

Watch this space!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on May 07, 2018, 08:35:55 PM
I do like your trees, Ollie.
Homemade or purchased please?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 07, 2018, 08:52:41 PM
I do like your trees, Ollie.
Homemade or purchased please?

Purchased Mick. All trees are from The Model Tree Shop

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 17, 2018, 08:37:33 PM
Evening all,

As mentioned in the Ludlow show update, I've been considering extending Wenlock. The current dimensions of Wenlock were determined by the room the layout was stored in at the time of building. Since moving house 14 months ago I do have more space available both in the house and in the car when transporting the layout. Given the basis of the line is a small branch terminus I've never been thinking of going overboard with said proposed extension! Well I think we can now drop proposed as I've decided to extend!

Below is a rough plan of what I'm thinking with an extension...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4-170618200511.bmp) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66546)

By adding a second 3ft6 scenic board the scenic area will double in size. Track wise all i plan to do is to have single track weaving slightly across the board, this will give the trains a bit more of a place to go before the fiddle yard which will help when operating as there is that little bit of extra time to prepare the next one out! This has the perk of little track wiring with the only other wires being for an advanced starter signal. As another plus the track in the fiddle yard will be re-laid into a slightly different orientation that will also increase capacity slightly which whilst may not be needed on all lines it'll allow more space to hold the Thomas shuttles!

As far as scenery goes I'm still a little undecided. I know I want the level crossing with the signal box and crossing keepers cottage and for the track to 'disappear' into a tree lined cutting to hide the entrance to the fiddle yard, but as for the rest I'm still thinking. The plan above shows a potential farm? I'm not wanting to just have a plain field but I have time to decide......maybe a few cottages?

As Wenlock is currently committed to Ellesmere (August), TINGs (September) and now possibly a local show in Shrewsbury (October) in 2018 I intend to use the 6 months between these ending and it's first 2019 outing (April) to make the changes to the layout. I already have the wood to make the new board so construction can start in the next month or so but the alterations to the fiddle yard/wiring will have to wait for the above 6 month gap.

However before TINGS I'm hoping to have some form of lighting rig in place. I'll be aiming to have it in a modular type design so it can be extended when the new board is added.

Right, better start building!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on June 17, 2018, 09:01:36 PM
My smaller layout 'Bletchford' is almost identical in having a fiddle yard board, a central single line scenic board and lastly the board containing the station/goods yard/loco shed.
Good luck :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Caz on June 17, 2018, 09:06:35 PM
Looks good Ollie, just wish I could get to see it.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 18, 2018, 05:47:34 AM
Looks good Ollie, just wish I could get to see it.

Seconded, on both counts! I'm looking forward to seeing this develop.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: belstone on June 19, 2018, 07:43:51 AM
I hadn't read this thread before.  Really lovely layout and just the kind of thing I enjoy building.  I look forward to reading about the extension.

Richard
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: weave on June 19, 2018, 08:09:23 AM
Morning Ollie,

Twas new to me too. Very nice work.

Looking forward to your extension as well.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 25, 2018, 07:58:26 PM
Evening all.

Had a chat to Steve Flint from Railway Modeller and it has been confirmed that Wenlock will be featuring in the September 2018 issue which should be in the shops mid August :) The layout will have a rare run tomorrow outside of a show whilst I get a couple of extra pics to go with the article.

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on June 25, 2018, 08:48:48 PM
Well done, Ollie :claphappy:
I look forward to seeing the article
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on June 25, 2018, 11:45:20 PM
Me too :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 26, 2018, 08:38:33 AM
Congratulations, Ollie. Very well deserved.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 27, 2018, 07:51:29 PM
Evening all,

One quick photo to  show of the make shift lighting rig that I knocked up to get some better photos last night!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-270618194905.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67021)

I'll post the actual images once the article has been published but making this temporary rig has really moved making the actual lighting rig up on the to do list!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 25, 2018, 04:51:42 PM
Afternoon all.

Following on from the previous post showing the temporary lighting rig uses for the Railway Modeller pics, I have now started to build the actual one! This should be ready to go for the Ellesmere show in just under 3 weeks. It's been built so I can easily extend it over the winter whilst the layout extension is built.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-250718164930.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67682)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-250718165047.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67683)

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on July 25, 2018, 05:34:13 PM
Bah. That's just a gratuitous pic of a De Walt power tool so you can be Teacher's Pet to @Tank (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=2)  :D
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 25, 2018, 08:25:47 PM
superb backscene

captures the scene beautifully
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 29, 2018, 07:23:25 PM
Evening all,

A little more progress on the lighting rig. I've spent some of today building the frame. For now it is attached to the layout and the rig via screws purely until the extension is built. Once we have extended the screws will be replaced with some more heavy duty bolts. Since the below pics were taken the rig has had it's first coat of gloss black. Next job is to actually add the lights to it!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-290718191828.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67757)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-290718191919.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67758)

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2018, 07:56:44 PM
Evening all.

Double update today. First off.... let there be light! I have now added some LEDs to the rig. These are only fixed temporarily in anticipation of the extension.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-060818194820.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67874)

Oh and the big news...Wenlock has made the press. My Subscriber copy of Railway Modeller arrived today so I cnangive you all an early glimpse. Get your copy on Thursday.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-060818194928.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67875)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-060818195346.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67876)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/4-060818195435.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67877)

Just in time for Ellesmere!!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Tank on August 06, 2018, 08:47:36 PM
Well done Ollie, a superb looking layout and good coverage.  :)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 06, 2018, 09:15:58 PM
ollie

think we can all say we modellers keenly look forward to thursday and another beautiful layout. hope to see it in the exhibition circuit. well modelled sir

chris
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2018, 09:28:48 PM
I'll be sat in the cafť of a certain supermarket Thursday morning reading that, Ollie :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 06, 2018, 09:46:51 PM
Excellent, Ollie. Many thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Jerry Howlett on August 08, 2018, 07:47:54 AM
I'll be sat in the cafť of a certain supermarket Thursday morning reading that, Ollie :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Is that so as you can put it back on the magazine shelf when you have finished it ?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on August 08, 2018, 09:35:59 AM
How very dare you?
(Nice idea, though :hmmm:)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on August 08, 2018, 09:58:04 AM
It's wot I do... latest mag from UK is about Class 47s and the like. Looks great on a flip through in the newsagents, but not cheap and Mrs Bealman is starting to whinge about the build up of mags here!
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: 25901JFM on August 08, 2018, 12:37:35 PM
It's wot I do... latest mag from UK is about Class 47s and the like. Looks great on a flip through in the newsagents, but not cheap and Mrs Bealman is starting to whinge about the build up of mags here!

I know that feeling!  I have a mountain of Traction mags, as well as one or two others.  The frequent question from Mrs 25901JFM is "Do you really need to keep all of them?"

I really do need to need to sacrifice some of them... One day I may get round to sorting them out.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Train Waiting on August 09, 2018, 01:40:43 PM
Hello Ollie

I have just spent a very pleasant post-luncheon few minutes reading about Wenlock in this month's Railway Modeller.  It is a lovely layout and your article was a joy to read.  I liked the accompanying photographs which appear to be uncredited.

Congratulations on both a super layout and an excellent article.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 14, 2018, 08:13:02 PM
Hello Ollie

I have just spent a very pleasant post-luncheon few minutes reading about Wenlock in this month's Railway Modeller.  It is a lovely layout and your article was a joy to read.  I liked the accompanying photographs which appear to be uncredited.

Congratulations on both a super layout and an excellent article.

Best wishes.

John

Thanks for the kind words everyone. John, there is a credit under the small oval picture on the first page. Photos by the author:)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 14, 2018, 08:32:18 PM
Evening all.

Well another show has been and gone. This time Wenlock was shown at Ellesmere, so not only a very local show but also a 2 day affair. The layout was well received as always and a lot of people mentioned the article. Saturday was hectic whilst Sunday was much quieter. Help was provided on Saturday by Leigh and we treated it as a practice run for TINGs and an excuse to run some of his Regional DMUs! I'm just busting to get the extension built now! A few pics as always...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818201700.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68136)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818201806.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68137)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818202419.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68138)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818202535.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68139)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818202652.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68140)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818202749.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68141)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818202914.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68142)

So that's another badge to the collection. As seen below I've also made up some for the two shows that didn't provide one!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-140818203111.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68143)

I made it just under 4 weeks until Wenlock is next out and about at TINGs. Hopefully will be seeing many of you there!!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on August 14, 2018, 09:38:29 PM
Glad to see the forum placard is still on display, Ollie :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on August 14, 2018, 11:10:20 PM
Second that!!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: 37058 on August 14, 2018, 11:28:55 PM
Fantastic little layout this Ollie :thumbsup:

And I see you have actually managed to get Leigh to do a bit for a change ;) :claphappy:

Looking forward to meeting you and seeing Wenlock in all her glory at the Salop show, in October.

Cheers
Anthony
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Train Waiting on August 15, 2018, 07:29:16 AM
Hello Ollie

I have just spent a very pleasant post-luncheon few minutes reading about Wenlock in this month's Railway Modeller.  It is a lovely layout and your article was a joy to read.  I liked the accompanying photographs which appear to be uncredited.

Congratulations on both a super layout and an excellent article.

Best wishes.

John

Thanks for the kind words everyone. John, there is a credit under the small oval picture on the first page. Photos by the author:)

Many thanks, Ollie.  I have now seen the credit.  Normally, photograph credits in the Railway Modeller are rather more prominent.  Congratulations on your photographs which really do justice to this lovely little layout.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus. Interesting developments!!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 15, 2018, 11:15:18 PM
Evening all,

Interesting developments at Wenlock HQ! I have made a start on the extension!!! Main frame has been built and track plan has been added. As Wenlock will be attending its 2018 show in its current form I will be unable to complete the frame until late October, this is so I don't mess up the current placement of the alignment dowels. The plan is a single line sweeping across the board. A level crossing will be present complete with the signal box and advanced starter signal. The scenic break will see the line up into a cutting with plenty of trees. I'm also thinking of including a small farm or maybe a couple of cottages. Deadline will be early April 2019 so whilst I will have to wait a couple of months to properly get stuck in I will be doing little bits here and there to kill time where I can.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-150818231109.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68172)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-150818231206.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68173)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-150818231254.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68174)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-150818231346.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68175)

Between now and TINGs the only job I have to do is to sort out a dodgy microswitch and if time allows sort the couplings out in a couple extra wagons.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on August 15, 2018, 11:24:59 PM
It's going to look great! The extended run is going to be very satisfying.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Newportnobby on August 16, 2018, 09:22:13 AM
Either great minds think alike or fools never differ.
The middle board from Bletchford.............

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/44/main_13816.JPG)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/26/main_24382.JPG)

 :D
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on August 16, 2018, 10:20:12 AM
I must admit Mick did a good job on Belchford Bletchford.

Looking forward to developments!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
Post by: Bealman on August 21, 2018, 06:41:35 AM
The Wenlock issue of RM just arrived on these shores! Just picked it up from the newsagents. Looking forward to it!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... An Extension on the way!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 24, 2018, 11:52:58 AM
Morning all,

The showguide for TINGs has been released and so has the floor plan. Wenlock has been allocated stand 'T' and is below on the map. Hopefully see you all there!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-240818114905.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68425)

Oh and thanks to Tank for incorporating Wenlock in to one of the new Forum headers.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-240818115040.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68426)

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 11, 2018, 10:47:00 AM
Morning all,

Well what a thoroughly enjoyable weekend TINGs was!

This was my third time exhibiting at TINGs following my two previous trips with Sheaf. Yes there are issues with the show (No lunches/drinks, stingy with expenses etc) but I don’t feel too bothered by this. As meal would be nice but I just take some stuff with me and put a little extra on my expenses to which I’ve always received what I’ve asked for. As always they provided excellent accommodation and I would recommend Witsend in Harbury to anyone. Great to chat to so many members throughout the weekend too.

Saturday was heaving until around 3PM where as Sunday was quieter as expected. Considering Wenlock was one of the smallest layouts in attendance we always seemed to have an audience and often a bigger audience than many of our larger neighbours! Aside from some dirty track here and there we ran pretty faultlessly. We got so many comments about our use of the Dapol Easi-shunt couplings, many seemed shocked that we were able to use them so successfully.

I do feel like Wenlock really did look the part this weekend, makes me feel like the effort I’ve put in has been worthwhile. The lights really do their job well. Here is a picture of the layout just before opening on Sunday.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102026.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68904)

As always here is a selection of pics from the weekend including some featuring Daniel and Leigh, thanks for the help btw. You may notice Leigh had a touch of concentration face!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102144.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68905)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102250.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68906)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102350.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68907)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102448.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68908)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102533.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68909)

You may notice that in those pics there is a chimney missing off the station. I accidentally knocked it off during transportation and somehow lost it during transit/set up......Then Leigh became the hero of the day finding said chimney as we were packing the layout up!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102818.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68911)

Once again thanks to Daniel and Leigh for their assistance over the weekend. And thanks to Adam for being the photographer for our team photo!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918102955.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68912)

Of course I did make a few additions to the stock box. A Farish ex-PO wagon and Green PMV were purchased from Cheltenham Models, the PMV certainly adds a bit of colour. Dapol got some of my money for a Collett Corridor Second in Crimson/Cream. And Finally Tim got some money out of me for a other of the NGS Collett BGs, this time in Crimson/Cream.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918103635.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68915)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918103724.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68916)

So that wraps up Wenlock's 6th exhibition. By far the biggest and busiest so far and the fact it flew by shows just how busy it was. Another badge added to the collection too!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918104408.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68917)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/68/4-110918104510.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=68918)

Next stop is the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show on October 20th. Then work on the extension can begin!

Cheers

Ollie Reading

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
Post by: Bealman on September 11, 2018, 10:53:36 AM
Cool!  :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
Post by: Newportnobby on September 11, 2018, 10:54:08 AM
Thanks Ollie. Good to see the forum placard arrived in time.
I wonder why the TINGS badge reads

The 12th N' gauge show :confused2:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
Post by: Skyline2uk on September 11, 2018, 12:57:18 PM
You are very welcome for the photo, glad to help out  :thumbsup:

You should be very proud, Wenlock looks very smart indeed and is a credit to you.

I can only hope to emulate you one day, I do love operating layouts at shows so should get mine there one day.

Re Tim getting money out of you; I was on the stand all weekend and he only got a Sharkís worth of cash from me.... ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
Post by: Ollie3440 on September 24, 2018, 09:27:31 PM
Evening all,

A small update on the extension for you. I was recently contacted by someone who saw the layout at TINGs and they offered some constructive tips regarding the signalling. Below is a slightly modified plan with the new signalling layout. So the new board will now feature 3 signals in total (Ideally one would be a bracket but I'm in Dapol's hands as i still want to keep this layout built from ready to obtain items)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/4-240918204738.bmp) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69404)

I've also made a decision regarding the buildings on the layout. Board 1 was centred around the Ratio Plastic kits, board 2 will be based around Scenecraft Resin ready built buildings. The main Signal box will be the model based on Highley, The crossing will be manned from the currently available ground frame box, situated close will be the crossing keepers cottage. The farm will depend on space but current thoughts are for a farmhouse, barn and some pigstys.

I've just finished a small shop with Rails for some of the items to get me started (Essentially most items needed minus the farm and the trees!). Some of which was supported by a voucher courtesy of my photo of the PCF Coaches was awarded second place in the recent competition, very humbled by this.

Finally I've been giving some thought to the operation of the layout. I'm toying with the idea of taking the layout on a trip through time..... The plan in my head is essentially the layout would start the day in the early 1940s with locos with 'G W R' on the tanks, this would slowly phase into the early BR Days 1950s which in turn would go into later BR days 1960s and the arrival of some early diesels (Class 22 and maybe a Bubble car?). It's a thought at present but it's a thought that is growing on me!

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 01, 2018, 10:00:34 AM
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 01, 2018, 06:52:17 PM
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?

Hi Chris.

It had crossed my mind about a Railcar but it's not a class that has really appealed to me. But then if I spot one at a cheap enough price I could be convinced!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 01, 2018, 07:12:14 PM
Evening all,

I'm really itching to start the new board for Wenlock so I've had a few parcels arrive containing some little pieces. Arriving over the past week has been 3 signals, two buildings, some fencing and the new backscenes.

So below is the current plan. Signal either side of the crossing controlled by the small ground frame box. Also a cottage for the crossing keeper, final position of this has yet to be decided.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/4-011018185530.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69615)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/4-011018185622.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69616)

I've also added the signal on the approach to the station. This is also where the signal box will sit (the one based on Highley).
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/4-011018185819.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69617)

An overall shot of how the extension is currently looking.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/4-011018185929.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69618)

So that's about all we have for now. Just under three weeks until the Shrewsbury show and then the proper work can begin!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 01, 2018, 07:59:47 PM
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?

Hi Chris.

It had crossed my mind about a Railcar but it's not a class that has really appealed to me. But then if I spot one at a cheap enough price I could be convinced!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:

The older ones do, often, come up on eBay at reasonable prices including in BR Crimson & Cream. As you know, they were used a lot on groups of GWR branchlines, Ollie, in the 1950s.

I like the extension mockups. I look forward to watching the rapid progress.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus.....Shrewsbury Show Report
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 21, 2018, 08:07:51 PM
Evening all.

Well that was certainly unexpected! Wenlock's outing yesterday at the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show was a thoroughly enjoyable day but my god it was busy! With it being the inaugural show you can never be sure of how it was going to go but it was heaving from opening at 10AM until around 3:30PM with the first two hours often causing that being little room to move in the halls. I think the number I heard was over 750 through the gate, fair play to the organizers for a cracking show.

I had one major positive from the day and that was the number of younger guests who attended the show. Whenever I'm out with Wenlock I always bring Thomas and Percy out for the kids and often let them drive Thomas into the station and back out..... there were times we had 5 or 6 children queuing up to have a go!

A slight down was that my 64XX decided it didn't want to play. It decided it did not want to run smoothly at all so was placed on shed for the duration of the show. However this meant the 45XX has to come out to play and to my surprise ran better than it ever has done.

Set up and ready for open.....
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018193455.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70323)

As always here are a collection of pictures from the day (I struggled to get many as it was that busy!), a certain green Mini was spotted on the layout too!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018193810.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70324)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018194037.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70326)
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018194134.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70327)

Pannier behaving badly!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018194225.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70329)

So that is badge number 7! Good job I'm extending as I'm rubbing low on rig display space!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018194343.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70330)

So that's Wenlock's outing to the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show and it's last in its current form. The next date in the calendar is N Gauge South East in April 6th so that gives me around 5 1/2 months to get this extension built!

Oh and talking of extensions........ It has begun!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-211018194708.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70333)

More to come soon!

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus.....Shrewsbury Show Report
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 22, 2018, 07:46:30 AM
Thanks for the update and excellent phootos., Ollie. Glad that the show was such a success.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Ollie3440 on October 23, 2018, 09:08:43 PM
Evening all,

As per the last picture in my post above the extension has begun! The first job has been to link the new board in between the existing two so that meant some surgery was required. Some hefty force was necessary to remove the end backscenes of the station board but it's allowed a new view of the station and yard.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-231018210218.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70415)

After a little bit of very long the first step to a new Wenlock is complete! We now have a 9ft 6in layout.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/4-231018210730.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70416)

I will have a whole day on Sunday to work on the layout so my priority will be trackwork and electrics!

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Ollie3440 on November 12, 2018, 09:14:46 PM
Evening all.

Some extension updates for you, the big news being trains have run on the extension! A couple of weeks ago I laid the track on the new board and relaid the fiddleyard to allow slightly longer roads with bigger gaps between lines for fingers!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/4-121118210733.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71448)

Following on from this I've since fully wired up the new board, this is by far the neatest looking board as far as wiring goes!
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/4-121118210945.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71449)

And the final update is about backscenes. With a fair bit of force I removed the original backscene from board 1
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/4-121118211108.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71450)

And the new scene was added to both boards. I've also added a curve to the corner on board two which drastically improves the look.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/4-121118211242.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71451)

And that's where we are up to as of now. Next steps is yo finalise the wiring as I need to add the switches for the new signals. Following that I'll be adding a second control panel at the station so I don't have to keep walking back and forth when shunting! Otherwise it'll be landscaping...

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Ollie3440 on February 05, 2019, 07:21:05 PM
Evening all,

Well itís been a while since I last updated this thread, partially as Iíve been having issues uploading from my phone and partially as Iíve been busy! So, lots to catch up onÖ

To start with in late 2018 I began the landscaping of the extension. I started with the section closer to the front as it allowed me to add the front fascia board too.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191525.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73873)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191551.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73874)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191628.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73875)

Iíve also completed the second control panel, this now will allow me to operate all points, signals and isolators from both ends of the layout. I still need to add a second Walkabout controller but that will have to wait until my next Payday! Both of these additions will make it much easier to operate now the extension is in place and it means two can both operate as and when needed.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191725.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73876)

Going back to landscaping, I gave the front section a coat of Mocha and ballasted half of the track. I couldnít go any further until I add the level crossing. In the pics below you can see that I test planted a couple of trees to get a feel for how it will look.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191828.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73877)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191849.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73878)

Lastly over the past couple of weeks Iíve done some more landscaping including the start of the farm. Iíve also trialled using DAS clay to make the road and level crossing, so far it seems to work but Iíve yet to test a loco through it so thatíll be the next step.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191927.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73879)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219191951.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73880)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219192009.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73881)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/73/4-050219192029.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=73882)

Finally Iíd like to update you with the current exhibition schedule for Wenlock:
6th April 2019 Ė N Gauge Southeast
24th August 2019 Ė Bournville
April 2020 Ė Severn Valley Railway Open House
June 2020 Ė Great Central Railway Model Event (Provisional)
Feb 2021 Ė Stafford (Provisional)

Iím have had some contact with other shows but I am still looking for shows 2020 onwards (At a push I could squeeze another in this year in either May/June/July)

Cheers,

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Bealman on February 05, 2019, 08:23:21 PM
Now that is one heck of an update! Coming along brilliantly!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting, Ollie!  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Newportnobby on February 05, 2019, 09:44:29 PM
It's looking seriously good, Ollie.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: DaveGlew on February 08, 2019, 07:00:40 AM
Looking really good - and a great location too!  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: port perran on February 08, 2019, 09:02:01 AM
Excellent progress.
I really like the undulating front board - that works really well.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 08, 2019, 08:22:08 PM
Now that is one heck of an update! Coming along brilliantly!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting, Ollie!  :beers:

Seconded! Looking forward to seeing some 'test' trains. 8-)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Train Waiting on May 17, 2019, 01:34:40 PM
Hello Ollie

Congratulations on The Sheaf Valley Railway being included in the new Peco publication, Modelling Heritage Railways.  Your layout looked excellent, as always, and is an exemplar of the type of modelling which the publication seeks to encourage.

With best wishes.

John
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: crewearpley40 on May 17, 2019, 01:42:20 PM
love the backscene, gives depth and impression . the scenery looks stunning
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 18, 2019, 09:48:44 AM
Now that is one heck of an update! Coming along brilliantly!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting, Ollie!  :beers:

Seconded! Very impressive work. I'm looking forward to the next update, Ollie.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
Post by: Glinting on May 18, 2019, 10:23:01 AM
 :hellosign:
That is looking really good Ollie. Inspirational in fact!

Alastair
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Ollie3440 on May 19, 2019, 09:00:07 PM
Evening all,

Well as per tradition I've been a bit neglectful with this thread! An long overdue for you.

So the extension is now completed and debuted at N Gauge Southeast on 6th April, a few pics below of the extension and from the show
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/4-190519205734.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=77649)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/4-190519205753.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=77650)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/4-190519205814.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=77651)

The other layout news, and those who saw the layout at NGSE will know, the layout is now multi-era. The layout will start a show running in the 1940s and will progress through the show to end as a preserved railway. This allows a wider mix of stock and gives the public a different perspective on the layout if they come back several times during a show.

Next confirmed booking is Bournville on Saturday 24th August, see you there.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Bealman on May 20, 2019, 01:53:22 AM
The extension looks fab  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: keithbythe sea on May 20, 2019, 07:19:47 AM
Excellent.  :greatpicturessign:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: belstone on May 20, 2019, 07:49:40 AM
Lovely layout and very professionally presented as well.  I look forward to seeing it at a show some gtime soon.

Richard
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Ollie3440 on June 30, 2019, 08:48:24 PM
Evening all.

It was borthday last week so naturally it was an excuse to fill some gaps in the stock box, specifically some morive power to allow for 1960s operations.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/4-300619203234.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79014)

With the new locos run in, i decided to sort my stock box out into the appropriate eras so i present Wenlock 1945 through to 1963.... plus Thomas and Percy of course.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/79/4-300619203143.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=79013)

So aside from a few more items of Maroon stock (B-Set, Hawksworth and Autocoach) i think im pretty much there for the pre-preservation eras. Only job elsewhere on my to-do list is to add the farmhouse to the farm.

Next outing Bournville August 24th!

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Chris in Prague on June 30, 2019, 09:06:49 PM
Happy Birthday! That is, indeed, a very nice collection, Ollie, for one of my favourite compact layouts.

Is the BR Type 2 (Class 24) because Wenlock was in an area transferred from the WR to the LMR, otherwise I would have expected a Dapol NB Type 2 (Class 22)?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 30, 2019, 09:29:21 PM
happy birthday ollie

superb the class 24
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Ollie3440 on July 04, 2019, 07:42:20 PM
Is the BR Type 2 (Class 24) because Wenlock was in an area transferred from the WR to the LMR, otherwise I would have expected a Dapol NB Type 2 (Class 22)?

Correct i am saying the line moved to LMR hence the Class 25. I will still be using a Pannier though.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 05, 2019, 11:27:47 AM
Is the BR Type 2 (Class 24) because Wenlock was in an area transferred from the WR to the LMR, otherwise I would have expected a Dapol NB Type 2 (Class 22)?

Correct i am saying the line moved to LMR hence the Class 25. I will still be using a Pannier though.

Cheers

Ollie

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Thanks, Ollie. The LMR was the last region to use ex-GWR pannier tanks, I believe, due to such boundary changes.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2019, 04:10:49 PM
Afternoon all,

Less than three weeks until Wenlock is next at an exhibition so I've been doing a few little jobs in preparation.

For today's update we're talking Farm. And by that i mean I've finally added the missing piece, the farmhouse. I was unable to source one prior to NGSE in April and sods law that one came up on ebay the week after! So below is the before shot of the farm...
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819154746.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80217)

And the after picture showing the farmhouse now in place...
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819154938.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80218)

You will note that i have also added some more foliage to the embankment and this has been added along the whole length, i then felt like getting the 25 to pose in the newly tarted up section haha
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819155147.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80219)
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819155228.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80220)

The final update in relation to the farm is the addition of the Farmers wife, shes been busy with the laundry and is not bothered by a bit of smoke from the passing trains
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819155424.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80221)

And to round this update off. A picture of my now completed DMU conversion. This model is actually destined for a future layout but will be used on Wenlock in its preserved era.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-060819160833.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80223)

More updates to follow shortly bit that's all for now.

Roll on Bournville on 24th August

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 06, 2019, 04:21:42 PM
Excellent work, Ollie. The farmhouse was well worth waiting for. The DMU conversion was adding a Mini Buffet in the centre car?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 06, 2019, 04:22:39 PM
thanks ollie

the farm scene looks stunning and realistic. how did you manage that realistic class 101 mate ?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2019, 09:13:45 PM
Nice work, Ollie. The farmhouse sits perfectly.

I can't recall ever having the luxury of a buffet car in a bogcart (DMU) in my days
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 06, 2019, 09:19:46 PM
On the former NER between Carlisle and Newcastle, I think.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Innovationgame on August 06, 2019, 09:22:01 PM
Nice work, Ollie. The farmhouse sits perfectly.

I can't recall ever having the luxury of a buffet car in a bogcart (DMU) in my days
I think the Swindon six-car units had a buffet 79440 - 79447.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Newportnobby on August 06, 2019, 09:27:17 PM
The ones I travelled on were mainly across the Varsity Line, either from Bletchley to Bedford/Sandy or to Oxford and were (max) 3 car sets IIRC
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 06, 2019, 09:46:28 PM
laurence referring to class 126,1956 built with the buffet

mick were they the class 108 dmu you travelled on ?


https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/ (https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/)   may confirm the classes and operations each set were
used on in each region.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 06, 2019, 10:16:27 PM
Excellent work, Ollie. The farmhouse was well worth waiting for. The DMU conversion was adding a Mini Buffet in the centre car?

Thanks Chris and everyone else for the comments on the DMU.

The model started out as a Regional Railways 2 Car 101 with a Blue/grey 101 centre car. This has been stripped down and resprayed into BR Green with the centre car converted to a Class 111 Buffet car. This three car set can be seen preserved on the Great Central Railway today. The reason i used a Regional Railways model as the base as opposed to just purchasing a Green one out the box was that this DMU (Like Many preserved) no longer has a headcode box on the front but instead has a high intensity headlight.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Bealman on August 06, 2019, 11:25:58 PM
Thanks for the update! The layout is looking great.  :thumbsup:

I've always had thing about green DMUs and I love that low level shot.  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 07, 2019, 08:19:48 AM
laurence referring to class 126,1956 built with the buffet

mick were they the class 108 dmu you travelled on ?


https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/ (https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/)   may confirm the classes and operations each set were
used on in each region.

The Metropolitan Cammell buffet cars, E59573-E59578, were ordered as regular centre cars for North Eastern Region 4-Car Class 111 Met-Camm sets (built as 2/3/4-car DMUs), but the order was changed late on and the vehicles delivered independently and also worked with Class 101/2 power cars, yet they remained considered by BR as Class 111s. Just one buffet car, E59575, was preserved, first, by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway who ran it as a hauled buffet car on their steam services, then at Manchester Museum of Science & Industry in 1984 as a static seating area/buffet, where I saw it. By 1996, having never been used in trains, it was sent to MC Metals for scrap, as its asbestos contamination (by now a serious issue) and deterioration in condition meant restoration would be at a high cost. However, in a turn around in fortune, 59575 was saved by Railcar Enterprises, and became one of the very few vehicles to be saved from MC Metals without first being stripped of its asbestos. Restored by Renaissance Railcars, by 2013, it is now preserved and in service as part of a 3-car DMU, at the Great Central Railway. It is the only authentic DMU buffet car running in preservation, the other two being either stored or under restoration.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 07, 2019, 08:26:33 AM
Thanks for that. Still one beautiful layout ollie
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: Innovationgame on August 07, 2019, 02:40:19 PM
I don't mean to hijack this thread, but this might help about the inter-city sets with buffet cars.

https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/swindon-79xxx/diagrams (https://www.railcar.co.uk/type/swindon-79xxx/diagrams)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Complete!
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 07, 2019, 02:59:29 PM
thanks
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 23, 2019, 08:35:25 PM
Evening all,

Well tomorrow is Bournville exhibition and the layout is all packed up ready to go!
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-230819203113.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80793)

This will be the first show operating 4 era as we only tried 3 at NGSE. Final testing was a sucess after a loose wire had me panicking that only 1 controller was working for a brief moment!

The show is open 10 until 16:30 at The Hollymoor Centre in Northfield, Birmingham.  Hope to see you there.

One last pic to sign off, pic i took the other week of the whole scenic section in preparation for Wenlock's forthcoming Railway Modeller article on the extension.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-230819203508.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80794)

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 23, 2019, 08:45:13 PM
Ollie thanks for sharing. Hope the exhibition goes well, the layout and its extension is well received. Photo is stunning
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 23, 2019, 08:47:10 PM
Ollie thanks for sharing. Hope the exhibition goes well, the layout and its extension is well received. Photo is stunning

Seconded!
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Newportnobby on August 23, 2019, 09:32:06 PM
I second that second and hope all goes well, Ollie :confused2:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 25, 2019, 06:22:41 PM
Evening all,

Well that is show Nine in the books and a very enjoyable day out it was. My first go at running four eras and it went off without a hitch, approx 90 mins of each era made operating a lot less repetitive than it used to get with just the one era! A nice little show, not the busiest but there was a steady flow of people throughout the day with only the last half an hour or so being quiet. My only downside, and a minor one at that, was no exhibition badge for the layout. Oh well, I'll knock one up myself at some point, and I've alresdy neen asked by three other exhibits to make one for them too!
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-250819182011.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80839)

Ive got a few pics of the various eras so I'll spread them out a bit to save spamming all my pics in one go! First up Wenlock Circa 1945

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-250819182125.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80840)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-250819182150.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80841)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-250819182215.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80842)

More to come soon!

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 25, 2019, 06:37:40 PM
ollie than ak you,pleased it went without a hitch and was it well received ?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Malc on August 25, 2019, 06:40:54 PM
Dan (Desert Hound) and I went to the show and called in on Wenlock, just as Ollie was changing eras. Itís a brilliant layout and runs splendidly. Well worth going to see it.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 25, 2019, 07:16:32 PM
ollie than ak you,pleased it went without a hitch and was it well received ?

Certainly seemed to be, a lot of picture taking and video recording happening. I did get an invite for the Great Central Show next June but i had to decline as im not available that weekend.

Great to meet you Malc, glad you enjoyed the layout.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Newportnobby on August 25, 2019, 10:20:39 PM
Glad all went well, Ollie, and thanks for continuing to display the forum placard :)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Malc on August 25, 2019, 11:45:39 PM
Just a quick snap while Ollie was getting the packed lunches.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/497-250819234241.jpeg)
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Bealman on August 25, 2019, 11:54:06 PM
Glad it all went well, and as Mick said, thanks for the NGF plug!  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 26, 2019, 03:36:04 PM
Afternoon all,

Next up it's Bournville part 2, Circa 1952. This is the era the layout initially was run as before extension.
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-260819153427.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80854)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-260819153504.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80855)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-260819153535.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80856)

Plenty more to follow!

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 26, 2019, 05:18:29 PM
Thanks ollie. Bet exhhibiting in this heat was a challenge? Superb modelling mate. Chris
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Chris in Prague on August 26, 2019, 06:03:14 PM
Many thanks, Ollie, for the photos. Looking forward to more to come. Glad the exhibition went well.
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Buffin on August 26, 2019, 08:17:29 PM
I particularly like that middle 1952 picture, giving such a feeling of distance. Terrific!
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: weave on August 26, 2019, 08:25:19 PM
Although, in the second pic, the rather larger scale signal in the background seems to be conflicting with the N scale one ;)  :D. Sorry, couldn't resist.

Hi Ollie,

Lovely looking layout. Great stuff and, like others, looking forward to more.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 27, 2019, 08:30:26 PM
Evening all,

Part 3 from Bournville sees Wenlock Circa 1961. My first time running this era so a few previously unseen combinations were run.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202718.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80878)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202747.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80879)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202818.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80880)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202850.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80881)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202919.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80882)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/4-270819202948.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80883)

One more lot of pics to go!

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Newportnobby on August 27, 2019, 09:18:16 PM
Hi Ollie,
Having hauled a train into the platform, uncoupled and run round the train, do you find when trying to recouple up to the train  the coaches just bounce off down the line?
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 27, 2019, 09:22:26 PM
Hi Ollie,
Having hauled a train into the platform, uncoupled and run round the train, do you find when trying to recouple up to the train  the coaches just bounce off down the line?

Hi Mick,

Can't say ive had this issue, but then i do use the Dapol easishunt knuckle couplings as opposed to standard Rapidos.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 27, 2019, 09:32:25 PM
ollie, the Dapol Easi-shunt magnetic couplings

are they the couplings  suitable for any N gauge stock which possesses NEM sockets requiring magnets which need 7 or 8 sleepers to be cut away ?  sorry daft question - ive only used two hands before and thinking of upgrading and more realistic

chris
Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: Ollie3440 on August 27, 2019, 09:36:40 PM
ollie, the Dapol Easi-shunt magnetic couplings

are they the couplings  suitable for any N gauge stock which possesses NEM sockets requiring magnets which need 7 or 8 sleepers to be cut away ?  sorry daft question - ive only used two hands before and thinking of upgrading and more realistic

chris

Hi Chris,

Yes, those are the ones. Ive found you don't always need to cut that many sleepers out. All of the magnets used on Wenlock have been cut in half so only 4 have had to be cut out. I have then cut the sleepers in half and glued them to the magnet to blend them in.

Cheers

Ollie

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Title: Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Bournville 24th August 2019
Post by: crewearpley40 on August 27, 2019, 09:55:07 PM
okay ollie thanks appreciated

my next investment - hope to see you and your layout soon