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Title: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2016, 10:00:59 AM
Yesterday was a good day; for the first time ever I have two layouts fully running and ready for exhibitions. I also have plenty of bookings for 2016 - well plenty for me as I don't want to be away for too many weekends each year.

Ridgacre Branch is my first N gauge layout and I have posted pictures before. This is a complete branch line set in the late fifties or very eraly sixties with three stations all in a space of 44" by 27"

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2016, 10:03:38 AM
The Second is Little Aller which is based on (but not a propoer model of) Aller Junction in Devon in the early sixties. This is slightly bigger at 84" by 40 ".

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2016, 10:24:56 AM
Nice work, Chris :thumbsup:
Whereabouts in the country are you as I may be looking for an N gauge layout for a show in November this year?
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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 10, 2016, 11:41:24 AM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:  really inspirational, super work, thanks for sharing
regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on April 10, 2016, 12:32:52 PM
Excellent work.
Great modelling.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2017, 10:20:13 AM
Looks like Dr Beeching has finally caught up with the Ridgacre Branch

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on April 10, 2017, 10:22:51 AM
Time for protests, petitions and much lobbying of local MPs, methinks.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2017, 10:27:04 AM
The train is already fading into the background

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2017, 10:31:29 AM
Sometimes the motive power used seemed a bit bigger than necessary.

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Yet_Another on April 10, 2017, 11:17:35 AM
Chris, are the semis kits, and if so, which one? They look like the Kestel kit, but I haven't got as far as needing to build anything like that yet. The whole thing looks fab - I hope it is being closed to make way for something equally excellent.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 10, 2017, 11:59:52 AM
Yes they are Kestrel and I added garages to match.

I've decided that Little Aller Junction is a better exhibition layout (more fun to watch, easier to drive and noisier) and has already been invited to more exhibitions than I have time to attend for both 2017 and 2018. After the Sutton Coldfield show at the end of this month I will leave Ridgacre stored for a while before deciding whether to dismantle or not.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: johnlambert on April 11, 2017, 01:39:08 PM
I enjoyed watching the trains on Little Aller Junction at the Severn Valley Railway on Saturday. 
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on August 28, 2017, 06:51:34 AM
I made a little video of class 22s working the Ridgacre branch.

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on August 28, 2017, 07:25:02 AM
Cool video, Chris. Thanks for posting!  :thumbsup:

Love those green locos!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on August 28, 2017, 07:42:09 AM
These two are the only locos that regularly work on both my layouts. I will probably make another video of them working Little Aller Junction soon.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on August 28, 2017, 07:47:43 AM
Had me eye on acquiring one since they came out. They must be good performers. Certainly nice and smooth in the video!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on August 28, 2017, 08:08:20 AM
Great video and superb layout.
Really good to see trains running at sensible speeds.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on August 28, 2017, 08:38:33 AM
What an enjoyable film!

A lovely layout and one which manages to achieve a sense of making a journey.

Seeing these particularly smooth-running diesels is very tempting (at present it's all-steam, apart from the GWR railcars, on my layout).

Thank you and best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on August 28, 2017, 09:49:06 AM
What a smashing film of your handiwork :claphappy:
It's great to see all the little gizmos working - points, uncoupling and signals.
Really brings everything to life.
10/10
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: RailGooner on August 28, 2017, 10:12:13 AM
 :greatwork:
Thanks Chris for a very entertaining video. I like watching trains roll by (like Little Aller Junction,) but this held my attention all the way through - lots of shunting, running round, scenic detail, to entertain the eye. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on August 29, 2017, 12:21:38 PM
My class 22s again, this time on Little Aller Junction.

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on August 29, 2017, 02:14:12 PM
Great stuff! I'm astonished to see the successful banking at the end :goggleeyes:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on August 29, 2017, 03:25:31 PM
Great stuff! I'm astonished to see the successful banking at the end :goggleeyes:
So was I! I compared the speeds of all my locos and found one that went slightly faster than the 22 to put on the front. It went round very well but I don't think I will try it at an exhibition; all those trucks would take a lot of re-railing.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: RailGooner on August 29, 2017, 05:11:58 PM
You're spoiling us Chris! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on August 29, 2017, 08:41:14 PM
Another excellent film.  Thank you very much indeed.
 
You are continuing to make me take notice of diesel locomotives!

Am I the only person to think, in 1:148 scale at least, that the yellow panel on the NBLs looks more attractive than the all-over green front on the 'Warship'?

Thanks again and all best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on August 29, 2017, 09:40:17 PM

Am I the only person to think, in 1:148 scale at least, that the yellow panel on the NBLs looks more attractive than the all-over green front on the 'Warship'?



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Only 12% of my diesel fleet do not carry the small warning panel. 4 carry speed whiskers, 1 is my Blue Pullman and the small remainder have no warning panel.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on August 29, 2017, 09:53:23 PM
Another excellent film.  Thank you very much indeed.
 
You are continuing to make me take notice of diesel locomotives!

Am I the only person to think, in 1:148 scale at least, that the yellow panel on the NBLs looks more attractive than the all-over green front on the 'Warship'?

Thanks again and all best wishes.

John

I prefer yellow panels too. The Warship I used was purely based on best speed match. It's useful to have one without a yellow panel as this fits better with a full rake of chocolate and cream coaches. By the time yellow panels were coming in (1962) the chocolate and cream sets were being deliberately split up because they were too "Great Western"
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 03, 2017, 09:39:09 PM
Another video, this time dating back to about 1960 when Steam was still the main motive power and the new fangled diesels were only just starting to appear. I've used a filter to give it a vintage film feel.

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on September 03, 2017, 10:26:15 PM
Loved it :heart2:
(But please edit the disaster at the end out :()
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Innovationgame on September 04, 2017, 06:30:05 AM
Loved it :heart2:
(But please edit the disaster at the end out :()
Agreed!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on September 04, 2017, 07:07:27 AM
Both videos look great!  :thumbsup:

As to the disaster, seems a shame to waste it.... couldn't some steam and fire effects be digitally added?  ;)

Thanks for posting!  :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 12, 2017, 10:37:26 AM
I'm on my way to 1968 now. That was a great year as the Baggies won the FA cup. By then just under half the Westerns and Warships were blue. Full yellow ends started to appear on a few Maroon locos in late 1967. Brake vans were no longer needed on fitted freights and the guard could ride in the loco. In practice most trains still had a brake van although milk trains lost their full brake as a result of this. Coaches seemed to be painted into blue & grey very quickly although there was still a fair amount of Maroon around.

The blue Wessie with the small yellow panel will become Western Chieftan when I get round to buying the nameplates.

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 26, 2017, 10:35:49 PM
Western Chieftain.Name and number plates and BR arrow now added using Fox transfers. She wore blue with a small yellow warning panel from January 67 to January 72.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 06, 2017, 08:59:18 AM
Interloper from a wrong time zone on the Ridgacre Branch
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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 06, 2017, 09:04:30 AM
Earlier this year it looked as though the Ridgacre Branch was due for closure. I'm pleased to report it is still very much open and in use.

My 19 month grandson loves it. After watching the trains disappear and reappear for a while he can say "tunnel". I therefore conclude that model railways are educational.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on October 06, 2017, 09:09:58 AM
Very sound conclusion, methinks.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 06, 2017, 05:38:10 PM
Many thanks, Chris, for these videos and photos. of two superb layouts with some of my favourite steam and diesel trains.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on October 06, 2017, 08:05:07 PM
Earlier this year it looked as though the Ridgacre Branch was due for closure. I'm pleased to report it is still very much open and in use.

My 19 month grandson loves it. After watching the trains disappear and reappear for a while he can say "tunnel". I therefore conclude that model railways are educational.

And I hope it stays open for a long time so that we can continue to enjoy pictures like these.  It's strange how the magic of British 'N' gauge can make a BR blue DMU such an attractive model.  I don't remember the 1:1 scale ones being quite so pretty...

Yes, I agree with your conclusion.  Certainly helped me to understand physics lessons at school.  And, less directly, other subjects as well.

Many thanks and best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Innovationgame on October 06, 2017, 08:11:26 PM
Earlier this year it looked as though the Ridgacre Branch was due for closure. I'm pleased to report it is still very much open and in use.

My 19 month grandson loves it. After watching the trains disappear and reappear for a while he can say "tunnel". I therefore conclude that model railways are educational.

And I hope it stays open for a long time so that we can continue to enjoy pictures like these.  It's strange how the magic of British 'N' gauge can make a BR blue DMU such an attractive model.  I don't remember the 1:1 scale ones being quite so pretty...

Yes, I agree with your conclusion.  Certainly helped me to understand physics lessons at school.  And, less directly, other subjects as well.

Many thanks and best wishes.

John
That must have been quantum tunneling!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: tutenkhamunsleeping on October 06, 2017, 08:20:24 PM
It's strange how the magic of British 'N' gauge can make a BR blue DMU such an attractive model.  I don't remember the 1:1 scale ones being quite so pretty...


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5227/5663983774_283a1b168a_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/9Cvp3E)

Pah!  They just don't get any prettier :D
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on October 06, 2017, 08:44:27 PM
That really is a splendid photograph.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on October 06, 2017, 09:02:28 PM
Thank you for this super photograph: was it really that long ago?  Was I on the train?

There's a lot going on in that photograph.  And just look at the exhaust: auld reekie in Auld Reekie!

Wish I had a £ for every time I have been 'stuck in the gairrdens!' (Anglice: stopped by a signal in Princes Street Gardens.)

Thanks again for the nostalgia-fest!

Toodle-oo.

John

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: johnlambert on October 18, 2017, 05:05:16 PM
Great videos, Chris. You inspired me to give my Baby Warships a run this afternoon.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 18, 2017, 06:33:33 PM
Building N gauge layouts is a mugs game!


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: robert shrives on October 18, 2017, 10:11:20 PM
Chris,
lovely pics in every way . Re real 101 pic cannot help but notice only leading vehicle has bare metal frames other two are painted- adds to the spice I think

Robert
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on October 19, 2017, 10:40:36 AM
Thanks for the mugshots :D
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 20, 2017, 06:50:02 AM
One of the things I like about the Ridgacre branch is being able to do a bit of shunting. I use Gaugemaster electromagnet uncouplers m ounted under the baseboard with just the top sticking through to sleeper level. On a few coaches and wagons I have added a metal strip to the coupler and removed the spring. The items remain coupled well even without the spring. At first I used Peco uncoupler strips but now I realise that all you need is a staple in the coupling. Getting rid of any flash and a lot of adjusting are the key to getting them working well.

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on November 19, 2017, 09:54:38 PM
For no good reason, a photo of my Wizzo collection. Five in the livery as bought and two repaints. All lightly weathered. Just need Maroon one with yellow buffer beams for a full set!

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 19, 2017, 10:01:47 PM
Thank you, Chris. A very nice collection indeed.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on November 20, 2017, 09:11:24 AM
That's a super picture, Chris.  Why don't you arrange a Poll so we can have fun voting for our favourite 'Western' livery from your fleet?

And, many thanks for your informative post on couplers.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on November 22, 2017, 06:08:50 AM
Another rare visitor to Ridgacre. It was under test after repair because some clown (me) had dropped it.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 22, 2017, 08:36:02 AM
Thank you, Chris, for another excellent set of photos. I'm glad that the Chilterns DMU survived its fall.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on November 22, 2017, 08:50:31 AM
I'm sorry, I don't find anything pretty in those blue dmus that I used to scuttle between Middleton-St-George, Darlington, Stockton and Sunderland in the early seventies.

Great pics and great modelling, though. :thumbsup: :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on November 22, 2017, 08:59:34 AM
Lovely modelling.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on December 27, 2017, 10:06:41 PM
The RM forum has a topic about why preserved railway layouts arenít popular. This set me thinking and I decided to run the Ridgacre Branch with preserved locos.

 Locos featured are Western Champion, 13029, Foxcote Manor, 46521, 46443, 3822 and 6412. All of these are preserved although not necessarily in working order or in the livery I have.

Maybe I should make the leap to a preserved branch. Just need to knock down the brewery and replace it with a car park!

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: JohnN on December 27, 2017, 10:14:35 PM
Great shots.  :thumbsup:

And a preserved line makes sense to me. I have locos from different regions and eras. Rule one and all that.  ;)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on December 27, 2017, 10:32:05 PM
I think that running entire eras at a time is a good idea. I model transition period full stop, but I remember a day back in the nineties when some visitors from Campbelltown MRC brought a whole heap of BR blue stock.

For one Saturday afternoon, the Beal and Castle Eden was catapulted into the seventies!

Great pictures, BTW.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on December 28, 2017, 08:44:22 AM
Thatís a great idea and lovely photographs.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on December 28, 2017, 09:59:54 AM
Thanks for the excellent photos. of a very nice collection of locos. No. 46521 in BR Lined Green is a particular favourite which I have yet to buy. I also like 13029 and, of course, "Western Champion".

Standard gauge locomotive preservation has a long history dating back to the middle of last century. A preserved 14xx, 45xx, "Castle", and most famously 4472 "Flying Scotsman", all ran in their pre-BR liveries on BR in the 1960s, so there is plenty of precedent for running Transition Period BR stock with preserved rolling stock, too. (As I do.) So, no need to demolish the brewery!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: 25901JFM on December 28, 2017, 05:44:07 PM
Personally I feel that Preserved / Heritage Railways are not a bad proposition to those of us that like models from more than one era (Rule One running).  You don't need a reason for your parcels & freight trains they are demonstration trains or photo charters.  That said there have been examples of freight traffic on preserved lines, so there is scope there as well.  Then there are options for additional trains.  The Paignton & Dartmouth run additional trains for things like the Dartmouth Regatta and the G&WR have been known to provide a Park & Ride facility at Toddington and run race day specials to Cheltenham Racecourse.  So lots of opportunities for those with a lively imagination!  Obviously this will not appeal to all, but that is the joy of the hobby, we all have our own ideas of what we want to do.  I personally don't want to tie myself to a specific era and run what suits me and the preserved line really does tick that box for me.
There was one example, I think it was on RMWeb of an N Gauge preserved railway where the gentleman concerned even produced a calendar like the ones in the glossy leaflets that preserved lines produce with different timetables for the various Galas and running days.

Happy New Year to you all!
John   
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on December 28, 2017, 07:20:44 PM
Many thanks, Chris, for these photographs of your lovely layout.

I think a preserved railway is a splendid subject for a model.  Why think otherwise; I wonder?

Thanks again and best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Ollie3440 on January 11, 2018, 05:36:19 PM
Afternoon.

Having seen this layout 'in the flesh at Ellesmere a couple of years ago I can only give a couple of thumbs up for the preserved idea. It really suits the layout.

Cheers

Ollie

 :NGaugersRule:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on January 11, 2018, 07:14:34 PM
The Ridgacre Branch is only going out once this year (in November) as I have a lot of commitments with Little Aller Junction and club layouts. I might just make some changes to make it look more like a preserved railway.

The brewery would go and be replaced by a loco area and car park. This would give a better view of Ridgacre station which would be a good thing. The old buses would also go. In order reflect the move from early 1960s to current day I would have to fit conservatorys to half the houses behind Worlds End station.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on February 16, 2018, 05:15:29 PM
For the first time ever a Jubilee was spotted working south through Aller Junction on a van train.

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on February 16, 2018, 05:23:07 PM
Thanks, Chris, for these two excellent photos. I also really like the "Jubilee" class locos. in BR Lined Green and will have a model of "Alberta" working an enthusiasts' special from Leeds on a rake of BR Lined Maroon Stanier design coaches.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on February 16, 2018, 05:24:21 PM
It seems the powers that be at Plymouth soon had her turned and on her way back to the Midlands with the clayliner train.


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It is unlikely to be seen again as it was a club loco under test following repair. It will be soon be in the hands of a fellow club member for weathering.

Meanwhile more usual traction has returned to Aller Junction. I can just about run 1968 now although this loco is not quite correct for 1968. The original blue scheme for Warships had a BR arrow on each cab side and the single emblem in the middle didnít appear until at least 1969.

 

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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on February 25, 2018, 11:12:44 PM
Added a feature to The Ridgacre Branch today. I bought a simple timer kit , a couple of switches and a couple of diodes from Maplin. This has enabled me to add the most simple form of shuttle service. It isnít sophisticated but it works and at under £10 for the lot it was cheap.



There are no extra wires to the layout, just flick these two switches up for normal control and down for automatic.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 02, 2018, 12:57:16 PM
I try to run at exhibitions with stock that fits my location and time frame. Itís amazing how much locos changed over a short period during the transition era. I am building up stock for 1959, 1963 and 1968.

Locos for 1968. Maroon, green and blue diesels with large and small yellow panels makes for a nice mix. Coaches are a mixture of maroon and blue & grey mark ones. Iím tempted by a blue Hymek with small yellow panel but probably wonít get one.

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1963. This allows desert sand and golden ochre Westerns. Nearly all locos have yellow warning panels. The steam locos are used to double head would would probably have been a special excursion as steam hauled scheduled trains were pretty much gone by 1963. No maroon Warships as they didnít appear until 1965. A Brush type 4 is just about possible but would have been very rare until a couple of years later. I could do with a D600 to complete the picture although, even by 1963, they were not allowed out of Cornwall very often.

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1959. Although I have enough locos to pull the trains I am not happy with this collection. I have subscribed to a DJM King. I could do with another Castle and a Hall to have a viable roster for 1959.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on March 02, 2018, 03:24:48 PM
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 02, 2018, 03:27:14 PM
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:

That's going a bit far. I bought a spare unpainted body from dcc supplies to practice on. Getting the cab windows out of the donor body without breaking them is the tricky bit. I failed.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on March 02, 2018, 03:34:10 PM
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:

That's going a bit far.

I know my body. The whole thing is not worth any N gauge loco :no: :-[
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on March 02, 2018, 08:50:59 PM
Great collection of locomotives!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on March 02, 2018, 08:57:37 PM
Certainly a superb collection of locos.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 02, 2018, 09:00:50 PM
An enviably fine collection, Chris. Do you have a "Grange"? A "County" would be good, too.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 02, 2018, 10:35:09 PM
I have a Dapol Grange which performs very well but no County.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: longbow on March 03, 2018, 01:25:11 AM
How about a Dapol Class 22 NYP for 1959? More reliable than the Dapol steamers.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 03, 2018, 06:57:14 AM
I have a Dapol Grange which performs very well but no County.

Thank you, Chris. Tony, an NGF member, is building a "County" and I'm sure it will look very good.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 03, 2018, 08:27:50 AM
The great thing about the Ridgacre Branch is that, at only 44Ēby 27Ē, it is so easily moved. It normally lives in the shed but I brought it in the house before the cold weather hit. I was able to put it on the dining table and give it a good run while staying nice and snug indoors - well until the table was needed for dinner anyway. Even then it only takes a minute to remove all the stock and put it out of the way.

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 03, 2018, 08:34:14 AM
How about a Dapol Class 22 NYP for 1959? More reliable than the Dapol steamers.

Certainly a possibility but I think my funds this year will be designated to a Castle or a Hall. I will soon have the Revolution tanks to pay for and hopefully a payment for the King.

I also have a somewhat larger railway calling on my funds


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 05, 2018, 12:30:40 PM
The up Torbay Express passing through Aller Junction. This loco needs just a smidge of weathering...and I need to straighten that offside lamp.



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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on March 05, 2018, 01:02:49 PM
Smashing pics, Chris. Can I ask where you sourced your headboards and codes from please?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: mika on March 05, 2018, 02:51:51 PM
Looking very good, Chris!

Cheers
Michael
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on March 05, 2018, 04:31:18 PM
A lovely picture.
And yes, I agree, a touch of weathering on the Castle would be good.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 05, 2018, 05:10:06 PM
Headboard from Fox Transfers
https://fox-transfers.co.uk/etched-plates?plate_type=1687&scale=112&transfer_company=2155
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 05, 2018, 05:19:30 PM
Train reporting number from precision labels - http://www.precisionlabels.com/wl30.html? (http://www.precisionlabels.com/wl30.html?)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 05, 2018, 05:26:25 PM
Re: Weathering the "Castle", I'd study photos., first. (SEE: http://www.davidheyscollection.com/page23.htm (http://www.davidheyscollection.com/page23.htm)) Locomotives on named trains tended to be kept much cleaner in the late 1950s and early 1960s, especially what showed above station platform level. Below that level, unless on 'Royal Train' duty, some slight weathering would be realistic. 'Less is more'; it's very easy to overwhelm a model in 2MM Scale.

A perfect example of highly realistic weathering, for me, is:
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http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6299-050318115946.jpeg (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/62/6299-050318115946.jpeg)

And that is an old grounded van body, not a "Castle" on a named express!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 13, 2018, 02:39:29 PM
Little Aller Junction is off to the Sutton Coldfield exhibition in April so I am working out what stock to take. At the moment iím thinking 1968 or maybe 1963 one day and 1968 the other.

Iím finding I really like 1968 at the moment but I will have to take the loco data panel of the Western as they werenít added until 1969 or maybe 1970.
Double headed Warships on the prime express passenger trains to the South West were a feature of 1968 and were used in this way in order to provide faster acceleration and better hill climbing and thus reduce journey time with a full set of coaches. Perhaps this double heading with 4,400 horse power on tap could be seen as a precourser to the HSTs.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Pete Smith on March 14, 2018, 12:16:15 PM
for my education, why not 1969?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 14, 2018, 12:36:08 PM
1. Maroon coaches were disappearing fast by 1969 so less justification for very many maroon coaches. There were plenty of locos in older liveries and the full yellow end had only just been introduced. This livery transition period provides plenty of variety.
2. The baggies last won the cup in 1968 making it an excellent year.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 15, 2018, 07:43:32 PM
1963 one day and 1968 the other would get my vote, Chris, but I'd substitute 1962 or even 1961 as there were very few WR steam locos. running in the Southwest after 1962 and not that many in 1962. (Exeter closed 10/63, whilst Plymouth Laira closed to steam 5/64). I believe the last BR Mark 1 in Chocolate and Cream vehicle was Mark I BSK W34885 in 1968. The Western Region was painting coaches in this scheme up to 1963. However, I think very few BR Crimson & Cream livery vehicles were still around after 1962, becoming ever rarer after that.

On another topic, did the "Westerns" carry a shedplate on each side?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 15, 2018, 11:12:07 PM
1963 one day and 1968 the other would get my vote, Chris, but I'd substitute 1962 or even 1961 as there were very few WR steam locos. running in the Southwest after 1962 and not that many in 1962. (Exeter closed 10/63, whilst Plymouth Laira closed to steam 5/64). I believe the last BR Mark 1 in Chocolate and Cream vehicle was Mark I BSK W34885 in 1968. The Western Region was painting coaches in this scheme up to 1963. However, I think very few BR Crimson & Cream livery vehicles were still around after 1962, becoming ever rarer after that.

On another topic, did the "Westerns" carry a shedplate on each side?

Running 1963 allows me to run Western Enterprise in desert sand with small yellow panel and Western Champion in golden ochre. This would not be correct for prior to 1963. I do run one train double headed by a Grange and a Manor in  1963 guise. Iím building up locos for 1959 or maybe 1960 which will have just one Warship and the rest will be steam. I have just a few crimson and cream coaches to use mixed with maroon coaches for this period. Iím waiting with hope for the DJM King to have tooling kicked off. If the opportunity arises I hope to get hold of another Castle or a Hall which will give me the stock of steam locos I want for this period. I wonít run 1959/60 at exhibitions until I have at least two more steam outline locos.
Iím pretty happy that I have coaches and wagons that fit well but I hope the Revolution Esso tankers arrive soon.

The Western shedplate is located on the side near the right hand buffer.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 20, 2018, 09:10:08 AM
If you ever decide to go back as far as Summer 1956, the July 2015 "Railway Magazine", had a very detailed article, "Holiday Heaven: A summer Saturday at Exeter St David's in 1956", which lists all the trains from Morning to Early Evening. From the lists you can work out the ratio of each type of steam loco. to the others that you would need to have a representative selection.

So the "Westerns" had two shedplates, one on each side. Presumably, so also did "Warships" at the same time.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 20, 2018, 10:22:18 AM
If you ever decide to go back as far as Summer 1956, the July 2015 "Railway Magazine", had a very detailed article, "Holiday Heaven: A summer Saturday at Exeter St David's in 1956", which lists all the trains from Morning to Early Evening. From the lists you can work out the ratio of each type of steam loco. to the others that you would need to have a representative selection.

So the "Westerns" had two shedplates, one on each side. Presumably, so also did "Warships" at the same time.

Thanks, I'll have a look at that. From photos I have seen Halls seem to have been very common.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: PostModN66 on March 20, 2018, 11:17:48 AM
If you are interested I have (somewhere  :confused1:) various working timetables from Exeter St Davids; although I haven't been for a while I am a member of the Exeter West group that operates the Exeter West signal box (preserved at Crewe).

Cheers Jon  :)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on March 20, 2018, 11:28:30 AM
I have a bok somewhere - Summer Saturdays on the Sea Wall (or something simlar) which gives detailed timetabled workings (inc actual loco numbers).
I can dig it out and give you details if you are interested and want to buy one somewhere.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 22, 2018, 02:15:51 PM
Thanks for the offers. I keep,thinking that one day I will book a day at the NRM to go through the working timetables there.

In the meantime I have been weathering my blue and great coaches plus another couple of recent additions to the fleet. My weathering is quite subtle and more to take the plastic look off stock than make it look dirty. As a yardstick, if nobody notices the weathering then it is probabaly about right.

The locos in the background have been weathered but not the DMU
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DMU post weathering. The roof is dirty black and the frames/buffers are a mix of frame dirt and black while the blue remains untouched. This is based on the way trains that went through washing plants looked, and still look today. The front end could do with specks to represent dead flies but Iím happy the way it is.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on March 22, 2018, 02:24:30 PM
Iíve also purchased one of the latest Dapol Hymeks. I donít need it but couldnít resist because it looked so cute. Again she has been gently weathered but Iíve kept the window frames clean. I had added a route code but it got pulled off with the masking tape. Never mind there are a few more in the pack. Itís a nice loco, runs well and pulls well.


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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on March 22, 2018, 04:16:28 PM
Even though I'm a green diesel man (+ maroon + desert sand + golden ochre + Blue Pullman) I really like that blue with white window framing and small yellow panel :heart2:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: DaveGlew on March 22, 2018, 05:50:51 PM
Even though I'm a green diesel man (+ maroon + desert sand + golden ochre + Blue Pullman) I really like that blue with white window framing and small yellow panel :heart2:
I've always been a steam man but coming across to N, I'm loving the impact that diesel has in this scale..... maybe next time :)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 24, 2018, 12:18:37 PM
The book is: "Summer Saturdays in the West" (1983) by David St.John Thomas and Simon Rocksburgh-Smith. I also have a copy somewhere. It's excellent and copies can be bought for less than one pound on Amazon UK. Well worth buying.

A book which I don't have but which might also be useful is: "Western Change: Summer Saturdays in the West, 1957-1995" by Paul Chancellor.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: longbow on March 26, 2018, 12:13:58 AM
"Operation Torbay" by Xpress Publishing is an excellent guide to passenger train movements and formations over the Newton Abbott-Kingswear section. Although it documents 1957 summer services I imagine it would hold good for 1959.

Some interesting takeaways are the WR's aversion to Mark 1s (only a handful to be seen in 1957, even in the named expresses), the appearance of several complete trains of LM and NE coaches, and several parcels trains booked for just a single BG.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on March 26, 2018, 01:12:25 PM
"Operation Torbay" by Xpress Publishing
...
the WR's aversion to Mark 1s (only a handful to be seen in 1957, even in the named expresses)

Does this suggest that non-Mk1 stock was re-liveried in chocolate & cream for named expresses at this time? 
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 26, 2018, 07:08:53 PM
Certainly some ex-GWR restaurant kitchen cars were repainted in BR WR Chocolate & Cream as no BR Standard equivalents were available; also some individual coaches, like the pair of 'Royal' Hawksworth BCKs.

When the "Cornish Riveria Express" was turned over to chocolate & cream Mk1s, a Collett-era restaurant car was painted to match - and very few ex-GW vehicles received BR Chocolate and Cream, apart from a few restaurant cars.

HAWKSWORTH BCK 7377

If anyone wants support for the case for chocolate and cream Hawksworths, let me tell you about brake composite 7377. It was built in 1948 carrying that livery and spent most of the period from then till 1957 reserved for VIP specials so only emerged from the shed at Old Oak Common on rare occasions. By the time it was finally deemed to need a repaint, in 1957, the WR had reintroduced chocolate and cream for named trains and 'Ocean Liner' boat specials so lucky old 7377 was given a fresh coat of chocolate and cream and never carried blood and custard. It continued to accompany VIPs and the saloons in which they travelled for some years afterwards. I haven't yet discovered whether or when it acquired BR Lined Maroon livery.

The two "royal" Hawksworth BCK's in BR WR Chocolate and Cream livery: W7372W and W7377W.

These two Hawksworth brake composites, 7372 and 7377, came out in 1949 in GWR chocolate and cream and were reserved straight away for special duties, i.e. Royal trains (for Royal household staff use) and VIP duties, usually working with one or more of the VIP saloons 9001-7. The 'Railway Observer' has many reports of their wanderings. They were kept in a shed at Old Oak Common out of harm's way and managed to escape blood and custard altogether. When the WR started using chocolate and cream these vehicles received it. One of the BCKs appeared in a "Blue Pullman" stand-by set in the early 1960s. 7377 survived to receive GWR livery on the South Devon Railway. 7377 is now at Buckfastleigh and 7372 at Didcot.

In Robert Hendry's 'BR Coaching Stock In Colour For The Modeller & Historian', there's an excellent photo. of W7372W still in WR Chocolate & Cream in September 1967 (possibly taken at Buckfastleigh...?).

The caption says it was put back into ordinary service but doesn't say when.

The only other Hawksworth design coaches to carry BR WR Chocolate & Cream livery -- apart from the SK that became a dynamometer car (which I think survives) and the brake composites, 7372 and 7377, kept for Royal and VIP work -- were the three BCKs 7374/5/6 converted to slip coaches in 1958 and painted in that livery. Slip working, of course, ceased in 1960 so the "new" slip coaches were redeployed to branch line work. Alas, there is no N Gauge RTR Hawksworth BCK (a surprising omission) as the conversion of a BCK to a slip coach doesn't look too difficult.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on March 26, 2018, 09:52:49 PM
Thanks Chris,

The only ex-GWR vehicle I suspected of receiving BR chocolate & cream was an as-yet unidentified catering car on "The Bristolian" which was featured in a b&w "Railway Roundabout" episode in the late fifties.  I thought it unlikely to still be in blood & custard. 

I have no further idea of what type of vehicle it was, perhaps some more-knowledgeable person knows.  There may be a momentary glimpse of the outside before the image of the speeding train changes.  Sorry I don't have the Youtube details at present. 

Tennoji
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on March 27, 2018, 06:07:11 PM
For anyone interested, the episode from 1958.  The catering vehicle is briefly featured from 4'15" onwards.  Similar to the Restaurant Car on "The Cornish Riv," perhaps? 



Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Innovationgame on March 28, 2018, 07:44:07 AM
Super film. It really takes me back!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 04, 2018, 03:25:03 PM
I recently took a brave pill and decided to upgrade my backscene.  I have to say that changing the backscene on a finished layout is not a good thing to do I knew that before I started.
I wasnít happy with the sky paper I used as it was a bit wishy washy and the pale clouds didnít really look right in size for N gauge. Also, as I have my thunderstorm effect, I needed a sunny day with some cumulonimbus building up to make more sense. Also, I had printed out my own photos on my own printer for the backscene and this was beginning to fade.
So I found so clouds I liked and sized them to what looked right to me using PowerPoint. I then used paint.net (a free app for Windows) to select the land from my original photos and plant them onto the same photo same the clouds.
A company called Solopress will print a 60Ē by 40Ē poster and send it to you for £15. So I made a blank image that size, pasted my backscene onto it and sent this online to the printing company. I did this on Good Friday. Solopress mailed me on the Friday to see if I had made a mistake as what I had sent didnít look like a good poster but I told them what I was doing and that was fine. Amazingly the poster arrived the Tuesday after Easter and somtoday I cut it up and put it on the layout. I reckon it was £15 well spent and am sharing this as it seems to me like a good and cost effective way of getting your very own backscene. In my case the photos were taken looking at the land behind the real Aller Junction (or divergence as it is now).

Before the new backscene


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After



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That blue may be a bit deep for some tastes but to me it says summertime.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: GreyWolf on April 04, 2018, 06:14:42 PM
Just have to say WOW that is really effective! Nice  :goggleeyes:

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: cornish yorkie on April 05, 2018, 09:34:36 PM
 :hellosign: Very effective Chris absolutely money wisely spent
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Caz on April 06, 2018, 10:22:27 AM
Nicely blended.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 07, 2018, 10:36:35 AM
Thanks to the experts on the GWR E-list, I have some information on the BR WR Chocolate & Cream liveried ex-GWR catering coaches included in trains of otherwise BR Standard carriages.

"There were about 30 ex-GWR vehicles that were so painted as I believe the WR didn't start receiving Mk1 catering vehicles in sufficient quantities for all their named expresses until 1961. Here is the list I have. I believe it is accurate although as always, new information can come to light at any time." (H. etc. are the Diagram numbers, that is the type of coach. I hope that someone more knowledgeable can identify the specific coach types, e.g., Buffet, Restaurant, and whether any kits are available to build models of them?)

H.13 -   9524
H.15 -   9543
H.16 -   9550
H.19 -   9553
H.24 -   9557, 9560
H.25 -   9563
H.26 -   9571
H.29 -   9574, 9575, 9576
H.36 -   9586, 9587
H.39 -   9614, 9615, 9617, 9618, 9619
H.40 -   9621, 9622, 9623, 9624, 9625, 9627
H.54 -   9663, 9667
H.55 -   9677, 9678
H.57 -   9672, 9673

I presume that the vehicle numbers would be prefixed and suffixed with W.

These ex-GWR coaches did not receive the BR coaching stock roundels, unlike the BR Standard coaches. "There are a few photos in Kevin Robertsonís "Great Western Coaches in Colourí": 9543 is shown in September 1960 and is marked RESTAURANT CAR. Similarly marked are 9553 in July 1957 and 9672 undated (but presumably 1956-60). Finally, 9677 is shown in 1957 marked BUFFET. No round totem on any of them."
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 07, 2018, 10:42:48 AM
Penzance shed (83G) had an allocation of about thirty engines which, in 1957, included three 'Counties', one 'Castle', six 'Halls', ten 'Granges', and a 'Manor'. So, you definitely need at least one 'Grange'.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on April 07, 2018, 03:06:25 PM
Thanks to the experts on the GWR E-list, I have some information on the BR WR Chocolate & Cream liveried ex-GWR catering coaches included in trains of otherwise BR Standard carriages.

A very useful list, thanks Chris.  Maybe I'll be able to find a more realistic solution than a Mk1 RFO + RMB pair for my west-Wales to Bristol express. 
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 07, 2018, 03:30:14 PM
Thanks to the experts on the GWR E-list, I have some information on the BR WR Chocolate & Cream liveried ex-GWR catering coaches included in trains of otherwise BR Standard carriages.

A very useful list, thanks Chris.  Maybe I'll be able to find a more realistic solution than a Mk1 RFO + RMB pair for my west-Wales to Bristol express.

Glad you found it useful. An RMB plus SO, or an RU plus RFO or SO would also be possible combinations. But, I agree, it would be good to have some GWR design catering vehicles in N Gauge.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on April 07, 2018, 04:31:16 PM

A very useful list, thanks Chris.  Maybe I'll be able to find a more realistic solution than a Mk1 RFO + RMB pair for my west-Wales to Bristol express.

Glad you found it useful. An RMB plus SO, or an RU plus RFO or SO would also be possible combinations. But, I agree, it would be good to have some GWR design catering vehicles in N Gauge.

I have the SO as well, but I think the RMB is rogue in that its number appears to be from a batch fitted with commonwealth bogies, and I've been unable to identify an RU in choc. & cream fitted with an interior. 

If I have to make modifications to BachFar stock or build a GW vehicle, then a Bristolian-style solution seems to be more preferable!   ;)

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 08, 2018, 09:13:44 AM
Interesting and useful information. Whilst I have repainted a few locos and I like the idea of a Great Western coach in the rake I donít think I would be able to make a good enough model from what is available.  Due to a scarsity of SO mk1s in chocolate and cream when I was putting my rake together passengers have to use an FO. I expect there are notices in it to say it can be used by all passengers (as sometimes happened).

I have a Grange but could do with a Hall or two to get a good balance of steam locos. Of and a DJM King...


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/63/3123-080418091253.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=63992)



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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on April 08, 2018, 10:53:00 AM
I have quite a few choc/cream MK1s but only 2 SOs.
374-014 and 374-014A (the latter is labelled as Blue Riband)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 08, 2018, 07:41:04 PM
Many thanks for the excellent photos., Chris. I had forgotten that you had a "Grange" and not any "Halls". Do you have a "Manor"? I do hope that you'll be able to get a "King", too.

I have two BR WR Chocolate & Cream Mark 1 SOs: W3791 (374-014A) and W4739.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on April 09, 2018, 09:18:07 AM
Due to a scarsity of SO mk1s in chocolate and cream when I was putting my rake together passengers have to use an FO.

I too have both SOs which were not easy to find and came from different eBay sources. 

If it helps, W3791 came from a Cornish Riviera set which was being split.  It was accompanied by BCK W21080. 

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on April 09, 2018, 09:48:39 AM
According to the Farish list attached there were 4 SOs in choc/cream released as individual items, although how up to date the list is I'm not sure. (see pages 21/22)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: ten0G on April 09, 2018, 10:47:30 AM
According to the Farish list attached there were 4 SOs in choc/cream released as individual items, although how up to date the list is I'm not sure. (see pages 21/22)

I have 374-002A which is pre-Blue Riband, not as good a paintwork finish in my opinion on the earlier models.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 25, 2018, 06:42:30 PM
Just a couple of photos taken while I was giving the layout a test run before Sutton Coldfield exhibition this weekend. Both of these are  summer 1963. I expect to run 1963 stock one day and 1968 the other.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/3123-250418184022.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=64643)
Parcels train for Torbay


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/64/3123-250418184052.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=64644)
Western Champion on the milk run
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 27, 2018, 10:25:03 PM
My second (as I have just found the first) copy of "Summer Saturdays in the West" has arrived and I'll be happy to pop it in the post to you (please, PM me) as I know that you'll find it very interesting as Martin has confirmed. I also have the 'companion' RCTS book, "Western Change: Summer Saturdays in the West 1957-1995" by Paul Chancellor, available very cheaply, which you definitely should also buy. Between them, you'll have even more info. on which rains to run on your lovely model.

The outside frame bogie Siphons lasted into the early 1960s.

I suppose you spray-painted your milk tankers in varying levels of dirty black. Something that I'm planning to try, later. D1015 "Western Champion" in its distinctive Golden Ochre livery (which it, alas, lost in mid-1965) looks almost as good as D1000 "Western Enterprise" in Desert Sand. D1000 has been requested from Plymouth Laira to haul a special train as has D1002 "Western Explorer" in Brunswick Green.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: robert shrives on April 28, 2018, 06:04:22 PM
Hi ,
Watched the layout at the Sutton show today - a lovely runner and despite the weather displays on the layout - thunder and lightening  along with a bright spells I kept  pretty dry. 

The operators had a hard day as the procession of trains non stop, loads of manual switching to swap trains. - thanks for your efforts a good advert for N gauge.

Brilliant show at Sutton
Robert

Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 30, 2018, 08:32:48 AM
More of the same only set in 1968 this time at Sutton Coldfield model railway exhibition



Next stop Exeter on 30 June/1st July. Can't help feeling exhibiting my caricature about 15 miles away from the actual Aller Junction could be interesting in maybe both good and bad ways.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 30, 2018, 08:37:36 AM
Both Dapol and Farish locos got some fair old usage over the weekend. The only problem encountered with the locos was a buffer going missing off my new blue Hymek :(
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on April 30, 2018, 08:42:33 AM
Both Dapol and Farish locos got some fair usage over the weekend. The only problem encountered with the locos was a buffer going missing of my new blue Hymek :(

Sorry to read that, Chris. I hope that you can source and fit a replacement buffer. Many thanks for the latest updates.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: DaveGlew on April 30, 2018, 08:43:02 AM
 :thankyousign:
That's one very busy junction  :)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on April 30, 2018, 08:45:37 AM
Yes easily done. I think I have a few Dapol spare buffers somewhere but they are very hard to find because they are so small. Alternative is to buy some from N brass loco - http://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/fitbr.html#buf (http://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/fitbr.html#buf)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Jeremy Edwards on April 30, 2018, 01:57:07 PM
I was  particularly impressed with your new back scenes.  I don't think the photographs posted show the true sky colour - it looks even better in the flesh.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on May 10, 2018, 08:34:46 AM
I've now got a chocolate and cream SO to put next to my chocolate & cream buffet car.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 10, 2018, 04:44:53 PM
I've now got a chocolate and cream SO to put next to my chocolate & cream buffet car.

Excellent, Chris.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on May 16, 2018, 07:45:15 PM
Just playing with a new camera tonight but decided to share a couple of shots. I didn't do the proper things like using a tripod, additional lighting or small aperture which of course would have made things better.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3123-160518194409.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65394)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3123-160518194504.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65395)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on May 22, 2018, 08:40:01 AM
Thanks for these two excellent photos., Chris, of some of my favourite locos.: D1000 in Desert Sand and the Ivatt 2-6-0s in BR WR Lined Green livery.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on May 24, 2018, 09:59:58 AM
I was looking for short trains to run on the Torbay line. I recently found just what I was looking for; two interesting trains and within a gnatís whisker of being in my time frame for the summer of 1963.
The Brixham branch closed in May 1963 which is pretty nearly summer. During the last year or so of its life it was diesel operated, usually with a railcar. This railcar would have been kept at Newton Abbot overnight so I can happily run a railcar through the Junction even though it is an odd vehicle for a main line.

 Iíve found a photo of a freight train at Churston that has just come off the Brixham branch.  It consisted of three vans and two open wagons with a brake van at each end hauled by a class 22. I would never have thought of putting a brake van at each end of a main line train but this is a logical thing to do for working between the goods yard at Newton Abbot and Brixham as it would have made the shunting for change of direction at Churston easier and quicker. An easy train to replicate.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/65/3123-240518095741.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=65627)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 02, 2018, 12:16:44 PM
I had a very good weekend at Exeter Exhibition. Little Aller Junction ran well and it was a good show with plenty of variety and styles of modelling. I ran 1963 stock on Saturday and 1968 stock on Sunday which added interest for me as an operator. Had a few interesting chats regarding spot the incorrect items for 1968. I might keep these issues and try asking those who are knowledgeable if they can spot the inconsistencies at future exhibitions as it gives rise to interesting conversations. I think there were two definite and one possible mistakes. At least nobody mentioned anything I didnít know about. A similar conversation on Saturday questioned whether Western Enterprise ever used the Torbay line while in desert sand livery. One chap said he hadnít been able to find photographic eveidence of this but of course that doesnít prove that she didnít.
The layout is now back together at home and working fine; just one bit of rail at the board join needed to be resoldered. Next stop Taunton in October. Iíll be spending the next few weeks enjoying the sun and my garden railway.

Testing this morning and applying rule 1
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-020718121502.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67141)

My other ďlayoutĒ
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-020718121615.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67142)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 19, 2018, 09:37:34 PM
Summer Saturday at Aller Junction in 1959.  Itís early morning and four 4-6-0s from Newton Abbot shed are coupled together and reversing down the line to Paignton. This was not unusual.

Later that same day and to prove it must be a summer Saturday a 9F passed hauling a relief passenger train.


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(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-190718213141.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67583)




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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: robert shrives on July 20, 2018, 11:17:08 AM
Chris,
Great phots hope the 9f crew  enjoyed an ice cream at Kingswear !

If you had been modelling the current scene yesterday the same HST would have been seen three times in the hour !  Hst failed on Rattery and withdrew to Totnes to detrain than to clear line ran to NTA , changed ends and then back non stop - to take a run at the bank to LA depot.. 43303 the naughty power car.
Hopefully LA can make it fit to run to home depot for even more repairs!

Keep the pics coming and hope to get to club mid August !! 
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 20, 2018, 01:14:10 PM
Many thanks, Chris, for another excellent set of photos.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 20, 2018, 05:36:04 PM
simply stunning modelling
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on July 20, 2018, 05:40:28 PM
Lovely photos
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 21, 2018, 08:43:39 AM
Just a few photos of the Ridgacre branch in normal use.

First Spring Hill station


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084309.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67610)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084334.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67611)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 21, 2018, 08:45:22 AM
Worlds End


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084434.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67612)


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(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084611.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67614)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 21, 2018, 08:48:21 AM
Ridgacre


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084718.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67615)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718084816.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67616)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on July 21, 2018, 08:57:13 AM
The Ridgacre branch could be dismantled this coming winter. I'm still not sure but I do have a plan for Ridgacre V2. It would keep to the same principles but be slightly bigger. 54" by 39" instead of 44" by 27". This would allow 3 coach passenger trains (instead of 2 coach), a continuous run, slightly wider curves, new freight facilities at Worlds End and improved freight facilities at Ridgacre.

Just thinking at the moment.


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(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/67/3123-210718085705.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=67618)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on July 21, 2018, 09:04:08 AM
Looks good to me. Chris. Barely a straight piece of track in sight :D
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on July 21, 2018, 09:29:02 AM
Thank you for these splendid photographs, Chris.

I love the Ridgacre Branch.  My kind of layout!  Version two looks to improve on the original, which I wouldn't have thought possible.

Thanks again and best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on July 21, 2018, 02:23:32 PM
Seconded!
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 14, 2018, 12:47:09 PM
Woohoo I've created a third rail spark effect.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 14, 2018, 12:48:55 PM
Dont worry, fixed now.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 17, 2018, 01:40:22 PM
Another passing storm at Little Aller Junction.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 18, 2018, 09:00:16 PM
Excellent. Many thanks. Great effects and great trains.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 21, 2018, 08:49:33 AM
With the Taunton exhibition next month and a couple more over the coming season I have been doing some testing on Little Aller Junction. One loco needed a repair and a section of rail (located in the tunnel) had broken away from its base due to the excessive heat during the summer. All fixed now. I've also re-grassed the area by the side of the track making it a bit thicker and bringing the edge of the grass closer to the track.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-210918084924.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69283)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 22, 2018, 08:21:13 AM
Next job for me is to tidy up the Ridgacre branch. Its pretty much fine if a little dusty but it looks like it will be on view to the public three times between now and January. The first time being the Macmillan Coffee morning on Saturday 29th September at Warley Model Railway Club rooms. All three outings will be within 10 miles of where I live.

I know everything is fully working on the layout because my two year old grandson loves to help me run it. He really finds this layout fascinating and he is very careful considering his age but there are a few loose bits (people mainly) due to his enthusiasm. At two and a half he can make a train run gently and stop it in the station - well close to the station anyway. He has got the concept of points but can't understand why you can't set a train off along a single line while there is one coming in the other direction. He is very very prescriptive as to what train should run next. After looking after him all day if we are playing trains when his mom comes to pick him up his faces drops and he doesn't want to go home.

When we see a real railway and there are no trains coming he tells me the trains are waiting in the tunnel, I wonder where he got that idea from?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on September 22, 2018, 09:14:48 AM
Thank you very much for that lovely anecdote, Chris; just the thing for a Saturday morning.

The Ridgacre Branch is one on my favourite layouts and it's great that the public gets the opportunity to see it.  Hopefully, one day I'll see it myself.

Best wishes.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on September 22, 2018, 09:35:31 AM
Love the passing storm video. Uber cool!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 27, 2018, 08:33:39 AM
Here is grandson. He never seems to want to go home.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918083329.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69484)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on September 27, 2018, 08:45:44 AM
Who can blame him  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 27, 2018, 08:58:37 AM
I took some photos using real low sunlight.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085326.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69485)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085409.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69486)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085445.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69487)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085552.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69488)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085639.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69489)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918085719.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69490)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: daveg on September 27, 2018, 11:00:52 AM
That looks really nice, thanks for the great photos.  :thumbsup:

How on earth have I missed this layout?!

Dave G
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: GreyWolf on September 27, 2018, 11:12:18 AM
Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing! You can't beat real lighting to get the 'real' effect. Marvelous.

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on September 27, 2018, 03:23:19 PM
Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing! You can't beat real lighting to get the 'real' effect. Marvelous.

Cheers  :beers:

Seconded!

These are super photographs; thank you.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on September 27, 2018, 04:04:31 PM
One good feature of the Ridgacre Branch is that it is easy to move and store.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918160306.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69501)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918160345.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69502)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-270918160423.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69503)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: daffy on September 27, 2018, 05:18:11 PM
Fine photos of a fine layout. :thumbsup:

Love the portability and storage simplicity, though Iíd be afraid of tripping over while carrying it! :o

My two year old grandson would, Iím afraid, demolish such as I would let him near.   :(. Hopefully as the years progress from Thomas the Tank Engine he will enjoy playing trains with me.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 28, 2018, 11:03:11 AM
Many thanks for a great selection of photos. I agree with all the above comments. You can't beat bright sunlight for great pictures.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 03, 2018, 06:52:14 PM
Little one driving Little Aller. Yes that is a limited edition and much sought after Western Enterprise in desert sand he is driving. What could possibly go wrong?
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/69/3123-031018185154.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=69671)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: crewearpley40 on October 03, 2018, 07:15:04 PM
can you see him being a trainee driver ?


on the real thing ?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 22, 2018, 08:25:27 PM
Just a few more photos of The Ridgacre Branch.

The end of the line at Ridgacre.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018201837.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70364)

The brewery
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018202050.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70365)


Rare shot of the hop vans being shunted at the back of the brewery.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018202303.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70366)


Another photo of 6443 shunting at Ridgacre
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Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 22, 2018, 08:31:47 PM
Wolrds End station

Heritage and ultra heritage railcars at World's End
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018202715.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70368)


What a great place to be able to play in the sun
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I do like my 2MT
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203011.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70370)


64xx with Farish and Dapol auticars
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203113.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70371)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Train Waiting on October 22, 2018, 08:34:13 PM
Brilliant, Chris!

Thank you very much for these photographs.  This is one of my favourite layouts.

John
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 22, 2018, 08:36:28 PM
The auto train at Ridgacre. While the Farish one is much more expensive I think they both provide good value for money bearing in mind the different levels of detail.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203450.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70372)



(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203528.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70373)


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203611.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70374)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 22, 2018, 08:39:44 PM
Spring Hill

Speed whiskers at Spring Hill
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203752.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70375)

GWR railcar gets the green light for World's End

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018203902.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70376)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 22, 2018, 08:42:45 PM
Lady with washing

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018204117.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70377)

The scenic break between Worlds End and Ridgacre

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-221018204231.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70381)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Mito on October 22, 2018, 08:47:20 PM
A lovely set of photos, thank you. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: dannyboy on October 22, 2018, 09:20:14 PM
Wot he said. ↑
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 22, 2018, 09:28:46 PM
A lovely set of photos, thank you. :thumbsup:

Thirded! Many thanks for these, Chris. It's such a great little layout. So much to admire yet never crowded. I do like all the railcars, plus the autocoaches and the BR Lined Green 64xx. The Ivatt 2-6-0 is a very nice model, too, but my favourite livery for them is WR BR Lined Green. Am I imagining things, I thought you had 46521 in this livery, also?
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Newportnobby on October 22, 2018, 09:58:39 PM
Thanks for a smashing set of pics, Chris
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 23, 2018, 07:57:37 AM
For Chris in Prague. 6521 must be on a special working as it is very unusual to see MK2 corridor stock on the Ridgacre branch.


(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018075242.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70393)


Leaving Spring Hill

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018075330.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70394)

Another lined green loco. The 2MT has become the usual loco for this branch because I like them and the pick ups on the tender wheels as well as the drivers make for more reliable shunting.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018075614.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70395)

6521 has the right away from World's End

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018075715.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70396)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on October 23, 2018, 08:03:11 AM
The size of this layout 44" by 27" was dictated by the size of the boot if the Renault Mťgane cabriolet. This was a nice car but I sold it before the layout was finished . The run round at Ridgacre was designed to be long enough to cope with two Farish mk1s. It is rather tight.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018080124.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70397)

Very tight

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018080203.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70398)


6521 ready for the return working.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/70/3123-231018080303.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=70399)
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: port perran on October 23, 2018, 08:23:52 AM
Thanks for these latest pictures.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: weave on October 23, 2018, 09:48:57 AM
Hi Chris,

As others have said great pics and lovely layout.

Thanks for sharing.

Cheers weave  :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 02, 2018, 10:01:27 PM
Many thanks for all those excellent photos. of 46521. I thought I had seen it before. Those clearances between the end of the MkI and the loco. are VERY tight indeed!

My 46521 is scheduled to become 46526 (89D) Oswestry as 46521 is, of course, preserved in real life so I had to pick a different one for preservation by the CLPG in North Cornwall. (46526 was chosen for preservation after it worked an enthusiasts' special.)

I also really like the ex-GWR Prairie tanks but particularly in the BR Lined Green Late Crest livery ones. I have two of the same Dapol N - ND-035 45xx Small Prairie Straight Tank BR Lined Green Late Crest 4565 models but both are to be renumbered to 83E (St. Blazey) shedded locos.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on November 16, 2018, 09:34:53 PM
The Ridgacre branch is off to St Hilda's Warley Woods show tomorrow. Nice little one day show.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: daveg on November 17, 2018, 06:55:58 AM
Hope the show is a great success.

Dave G
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on November 17, 2018, 07:01:40 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Bealman on November 17, 2018, 07:10:51 AM
Just caught up with this after a long while.

Great stuff!  :thumbsup:

Thanks for posting, and I hope the show goes well.  :beers:
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris Morris on November 17, 2018, 07:17:14 AM
Thanks.
The next show is Christ Church, Quinton Birmingham on 12th January. After that this layout could finally come to an end. I have some thoughts for a new project which will be a fixed layout (or layouts) rather than an exhibition one.
Little Aller Junction will also be at the Quinton show in January. It could also be the last year for Little Aller Junction if I decide to go ahead with my new project. It is all just thoughts so we shall see; because of this I'm not accepting invites to any more shows at the moment. TINGS 2019 just might be the last ever show for Little Aller Junction.
Title: Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
Post by: Chris in Prague on November 17, 2018, 11:12:28 AM
Thanks for the recent updates. I look forward to seeing your new project, in due course. I will miss Little Aller Junction though.