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Title: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 26, 2015, 09:06:27 PM
ok so I am new to the forum but this is a rough guide to my layout.

Firstly it is a preserved railway, I live on an former LNWR route in the midlands and originally started with a preference of crimson lake coaches and Maroon locos. However from this I have deviated somewhat as for no obvious reason I drifted to the GWR (my local preserved line is the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway) then following two holidays in north Devon grew very much into southern region.

Add to this inspiration from the Holiday Haunts layout and several holidays in South Devon and we have my influences.

So, from this I have developed a layout which is for all intense and purposes is a double track oval, has two stations on scene and a third plus main line rail connection off scene. It is just under a scale mile in length, so enables good length trains to be run. However I can also run end to end services which is what normally happens on a good operating day.

Writing this realised that the two stations I have are Strathern (Orgaswick Road) and Woodhuish. Now the third station off scene needs to start with an L and I can have the initials L&SWR in the same way the Gloucestershire & Wariwckshire Railway have GWR. [edit (27 August 2015) the L now stands for Loxhore].

I am 7 years into this shed based project, although really this has been an idea developing since I started modelling when I was 14 (some 20 years ago), using my dads lonestar electrics track, a minitrix ivatt and a couple of wagons.

So photos I hear you cry, here goes:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28468.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28468)

The above is an overview looking south from Woodhuish about 12 months ago. I will get more pictures once my phone is back working. I have been mulling over joining for while, below is a photo from Easter this year for GWR125.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28458.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28458)

It is Hinton Manor, sat at Woodhuish waiting for the signal, with a Siphon and rake of GWR liveried collets. Sadly I couldn't afford colour film in 1960.

A final one for today again from GWR125 at easter, if I recall Foxcote Manor sat at Woodhuish. A Pannier held outside the station with the shunters truck heading for the town beginning with L. The shunters truck was a semi scratch build from a cut down 9ft peco wagon chassis (yep the numpty I am I didn't even use a brake van chassis). I got the idea for this from either  forum, N'spirtions, or the N Gauge Journal I can't recall which.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28457.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28457)

Tomorrow Strathern, home of the steam loco department and a lot of sidings. 

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 27, 2015, 07:48:50 AM
Just to say after some intensive and detailed research last night, the L in my railway has become Loxhore a small village in North Devon.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Bealman on August 27, 2015, 08:01:34 AM
Thanks for a very comprehensive intro to your layout, and great photos.

I for one shall be following progress, as I'm sure will others.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 27, 2015, 09:08:23 PM
On to Strathern, there is a land (and rail) between the two station areas but that will be shared at a later date.

Photos working from the Northern end to the South.

firstly the loco shed area
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28477.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28477)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28474.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28474)

The shed is a scratch built modern industrial type design. It has three covered lines capable of holding two large steam locos on each line. There is a fourth line to the side of the shed. Each of the four lines can hold five large steam locos each.

Looking north from the previous picture
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28473.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28473)

The signal box has since been relocated and a new one will be purchased for this location and I am also looking for a new station footbridge.

A view of the station building through the terraced houses
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28476.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28476)

Final shot of the bridge at the far end.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/19/thumb_28475.jpg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=28475)

The goodshed has now been relocated to Woodhuish, and the windows replaced with etched brass frames (which in my view makes a massive improvement to the building).

Things have also changed in the housing area with a lot more houses now in various stages of development, most waiting to be painted.

I am tempted by a turntable but then I may begin to overcrowd the baseboards, which in my view are getting cramped already.

Now what would really help is a track plan for the two stations (both for me and forum users) which I will work on over the next week or two, but some modelling may get in the way of that.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on August 27, 2015, 09:36:21 PM
Coming along a treat, Graham :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: daveg on August 28, 2015, 07:05:10 AM
Thanks for the update.

The long bridge works really well.

Dave G
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on August 28, 2015, 07:22:27 AM
Thank. You Dave, the bridge was inspired by the one just ahead of the great central railway engine shed, thus creating a small area to break up the overall scene.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 12:05:25 PM
Here goes nothing first try at you tube, this is a test of a video in 2014. If it works I have some more from 2014 and some from this year

https://youtu.be/IqpptpvfD8Q

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 12:08:34 PM
So it worked here are a collection from 2014 the titles of the video are self explanatory. All are in the Woodhuish area of my layout.

https://youtu.be/Ry3Dth6d228

https://youtu.be/I4C3FMP76x0

https://youtu.be/Tei3whrXX-A

https://youtu.be/UkC4r6ixp84

Next up some photos 2 years on in January 2016. I really need to make more of an effort to progress this layout!

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 12:10:24 PM
So this is Woodhuish as of yesterday:
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33672.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33672)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33671.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33671)

Now for some videos from last night.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 12:14:53 PM
So these are a few quick videos from my mobile phone last night, again the titles self explanatory.

https://youtu.be/u-isJ3K3bv4

https://youtu.be/EHbAZ88_crE

https://youtu.be/9UGmTIwDT68

https://youtu.be/PsatfiZVLzM

The M7 numbering is poor I need to replace this. Worth noting I have not added any weight to it at all and indeed it is running without the weighted coal load in the bunker! Also the journey up to the bridge is up hill, so is this a record for a Dapol M7, 5 coaches on the back and not slipping?

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 12:20:39 PM
The end for today.

A new signal box sat at Strathern.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33674.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33674)

Between Woodhuish and Strathern is this small viaduct
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33675.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33675)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/9/thumb_33676.JPG) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view;id=33676)

There have also been developments with a severn models farms house, severn models sheds and a peco double track road bridge all on the work bench.

The Severn Models etched brass kits really are great so will try to get pictures posted soon.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Caz on January 03, 2016, 12:27:40 PM
Love long bridges and viaducts and you've got them both, this looks like it is going to be a cracker.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Bealman on January 03, 2016, 02:12:51 PM
All the white polystyrene and grey skies.... at first glance I thought it was a winter photo on the S & C!!  ;D

Excellent work.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: port perran on January 03, 2016, 02:31:02 PM
Looking good.
Looking forward to seeing the scenic work under the viaduct
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on January 03, 2016, 03:23:38 PM
Excellent little film clips and the layout is coming along a treat :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 03, 2016, 06:59:27 PM
Thanks all for the kind words.

The grey sky behind the viaduct is a grey black out blind from tesco to cover the shed doors. There are a few more bits of polystyrene to fit before covering commences.

Not much modelling in the shed at the moment as I am tidying it up but I think some more trains will be operating tonight.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 31, 2016, 07:56:56 PM
I've only just found this excellent layout. I certainly agree with you about etched brass frames making a major improvement. I only wish I had known about them when I kitbashed my loco. shed! I apologise that we did not know that you were participating in GWR125, last year, Graham, otherwise we would have run a special train or three to visit! 8-)
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 31, 2016, 08:12:42 PM
Thank you, the lack of specials will teach me for not joining the forum sooner.

I'm currently working on some station building upgrades for my other station. Although I have done close coupling work to shrink the gaps between my coaches in recent weeks. A couple of weeks time and I'm back in the shed working on scenics.

I almost forgot I've got a new engine, due to my following of Bude and Ilfracombe, pictures later in the week.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 31, 2016, 08:24:53 PM
Thank you, Graham. No problem. If you like Bude, you'll love Martin's Trepol Bay as its station is inspired, partly, by Bude. (Cant Cove is inspired by a station on the Bude line but is set across the river Camel from Padstow.)
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on October 12, 2016, 07:21:39 PM
I've been slaking on building my layout but I did manage a running day this week, at the end I ran this special freight

https://youtu.be/csh4d4PVMAU

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Newportnobby on October 12, 2016, 08:25:17 PM
Blimey, Graham. They had everything but the kitchen sink hanging off them, and I think I might have spotted that, too :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 12, 2016, 08:30:42 PM
Many thanks for this. That's probably the longest model British goods train I've ever seen in a YouTube video. The two '700's look great and remind me that I really must buy one for Cant Cove! 8-)
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on October 12, 2016, 08:34:58 PM
Pretty much, one of the locos would have pulled it but would have been out of permitted loading for the loco.
Naturally they are union mills locos, great locos and we'll worth the detailling work described by (i think) noel leaver in n spirations. I have one in progress and one in plain form.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 12, 2016, 08:38:05 PM
Pretty much, one of the locos would have pulled it but would have been out of permitted loading for the loco.
Naturally they are union mills locos, great locos and we'll worth the detailling work described by (i think) noel leaver in n spirations. I have one in progress and one in plain form.
Graham

Please, do describe on the forum, with photos., how you have detailed your loco., Graham.
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on October 12, 2016, 08:44:51 PM
Good point, I'm off this week so I'll get some photos of it.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 12, 2016, 08:53:06 PM
Good point, I'm off this week so I'll get some photos of it.
Graham

Many thanks, Graham. That would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: bluedepot on October 12, 2016, 08:56:06 PM
not a bad demonstration freight train for a preserved line!

great that every operable preserved wagon in Britain was hired in for the event too!


Tim
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Bealman on October 12, 2016, 09:31:36 PM
Now that is one BEEG assortment of wagons!!
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on October 12, 2016, 10:13:01 PM
Fair point for a preserved railway I may have had to hire in a fair amount of rolling stock. Will try to put some more demonstration frieghts together.
Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on October 16, 2016, 09:05:01 PM
So after a little weekend experiment I've installed led lighting to light part of my layout.

To show this off and to test my terrier I shot this video.

https://youtu.be/eOmqaiRtNNc

Enjoy

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on December 31, 2017, 11:20:37 PM
Blimey over a year since an update!

Well I have been busy, we had an extension to our house to build, so the layout has been subject to storage or stuff stored around it.

Although I have acquired an improved electrics for the railway and led lights for the entire layout as a result of the extension.

However after days of tidying and an hour of cleaning, the lay worked first time.

3 hours of good running to end the year, next year more scenics, a new fiddle yard and maybe some trains to run.

Happy new year to all forum members.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: chrispearce on December 31, 2017, 11:26:31 PM
Just seen your video. A Terrier pulling 7 full-length carriages. Now THAT is some Terrier :goggleeyes:

Happy New Year to you too Sir  :beers:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on December 31, 2017, 11:32:41 PM
Thank you, I do like to test my engines to see what they can do  on a level (ish) track.

I think there is another link on this thread with my union mills Drummond black motors double heading over 100 wagons.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: weave on December 31, 2017, 11:42:20 PM
Hi Graham,

Haven't seen your layout before. Tried but will have a proper look tomorrow when a bit more compos mentis.

Happy New Year.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Milton Rail on January 01, 2018, 08:59:29 AM
Happy New Year - great layout, from one preserved railway layout to another!

Cheers,
Andrew
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 27, 2018, 04:48:59 PM
A few videos

https://youtu.be/d7cxUbgBKuE

https://youtu.be/bTK1QgM-OK8

https://youtu.be/ZW4CMOasEuE

https://youtu.be/7FrV7Koq0QQ
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 27, 2018, 07:46:52 PM
Thanks for the videos of some nice trains running through.
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on June 08, 2018, 10:14:47 PM
A new arrival on the line having a little running in

http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4709-080618221220.jpeg (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/4709-080618221220.jpeg)

Most likely to be the first engine I'll run without a front coupling.

Graham
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: RailGooner on June 08, 2018, 11:52:19 PM
Nice loco Graham. Nice train too. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on June 09, 2018, 07:31:20 AM
Thanks, the train has been around for a while waiting for the right engine. I was so pleased that farish produced the shirt button tender monogram version.
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on January 26, 2020, 04:18:11 PM
I promise the layout still exists, I am currently working on a traverser fiddle road made out of our old book case. Below are a few videos from the last month

https://youtu.be/fMSzWMU8le4

https://youtu.be/0Aw5r_Qhk0I

https://youtu.be/JYFeE8MjDj0

https://youtu.be/BP4Eu7MC13w

https://youtu.be/4GNbrf8Lbzk

https://youtu.be/O8BNzH3UIOs

The big change is I had a birthday in December and a very generous present has allowed me to start converting to use of dapol magnetic couplings

Graham




Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on March 29, 2020, 09:40:54 PM
With lock down restricting my movements I've made a determined effort on landscaping. Finally after years of dithering the water under the bridge is done.

[img]https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/4709-290320083928.jpeg

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/4709-290320083423.jpeg (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/4709-290320083423.jpeg)

https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/4709-290320083147.jpeg (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/89/4709-290320083147.jpeg)

After taking these I remodeled the embankment and trees came out as I wasn't happy with the angle of the embankment . It was easy enough, more changes in the next few days.

Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 29, 2020, 09:44:08 PM
Coming along very nicely. Thanks for the photos. update.
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: daveg on March 30, 2020, 07:52:56 AM
Thanks for the update which also reminds me that I have procrastinated for best part of 18 months to get my river sorted!

Photos can really help you develop (sorry) and improve the scenic areas.

Dave G
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: Bealman on March 30, 2020, 08:11:21 AM
Hi Graham, good to see you posting your layout again after a bit of a layoff.

The photos and layout look great!

However may I suggest posting the pictures directly into your posts? This makes it much more convenient for members. There are instructions on how to do this at the top of the forum, but basically it is just a matter of clicking on the photo you want to post in your gallery. This will show your photo and the embedding code. Simply copy that code, and paste it into your post.

Hope this helps,

George
Title: Re: Loxhore & Strathern, Woodhuish Railway
Post by: leachsprite4 on March 30, 2020, 08:33:26 AM
Hi George,
Thanks for the comments.
Apologies I copied the wrong code I need to go back and correct  one to sort after work today.

Graham
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