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Title: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on September 17, 2016, 08:39:56 AM
Gotham and Costick station will be the main focus for representing my heritage collection of steam and green diesels, during the 1948-69 period.

It'll feature locos with the theme of G-- C-- (my initials),
locos depicting connections to where I've lived and to my relatives,
and ex-Great Central Rly prototypes,

although my specific numbered examples might not have actually visited the GC line.

The station board was my first exercise in branching out into my design of modules for Kato Unitrack and is being repurposed into a (very) vague representation of Rushcliffe Halt, minus the sidings
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.msg162865#msg162865 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=16430.msg162865#msg162865)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2573-170916081856.jpeg)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/43/2573-170916082008.jpeg)

It'll share modules with my main Kato Unitrack-based layout, Southgrove http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;sa=topics;u=2573 (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;area=showposts;sa=topics;u=2573)

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on September 17, 2016, 02:18:58 PM
The GC is currently being well catered for by both Dapol and Farish:

Dapol's 2S-011-003 60103 Flying Scotsman in express blue, or its train pack 2S-011-004 in early crest green ; allocated to Leicester 4 June 1950-15 November 1953 (source: brdatabase.info)

Farish 371-880 2-car 108 DMU, green with small yellow panels, destinations Nottingham/Rugby ;

Farish 372-519 46122 Scot "Royal Ulster Rifleman" in heavily weathered late crest BR green, allocated to Annesley, 15 December 1962-17 October 1964 (source: brdatabase.info)

The most appealing has to be 60103 Flying Scotsman in express blue ...

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Newportnobby on September 17, 2016, 02:37:27 PM

Farish 372-519 46122 Scot "Royal Ulster Rifleman" in heavily weathered late crest BR green, allocated to Annesley, 15 December 1962-17 October 1964 (source: brdatabase.info)



The Farish 372-579 46122 was described in the 2013/14 catalogue as being heavily weathered but, to my mind, was nothing of the sort. Note also reference number.See what you think.................

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/main_36832.JPG)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/6/main_36834.JPG)

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: daveg on September 17, 2016, 04:16:39 PM
Does look as if it's just had a quick blow over with matt varnish, Mick.

At around 127 smackers you'da thought they could have done a better job.  :(

Dave G
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on September 18, 2016, 06:39:25 AM
I think, LIGHTLY weathered would be a more accurate description. (Not that I don't prefer lightly weathered to heavily weathered locos.)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on January 01, 2017, 09:42:51 PM
No work's been done on the modules but I'm working on the specific eras that I'll run my collection based on my preferences:

1. Early post-nationalisation period - LNER teaks predominate, but with new-fangled crimson and cream emerging. Early crest BR, maybe with A3s in short-lived express blue?

2. 1957-58 - Last years of full Eastern Region operation, reversion to regional liveries for carriages, entry of service of Neasden-allocated Standard 5MTs, etc.

3. Rundown by London Midland Region early-mid 60s - weathered Jubilees, etc., class 27s increasingly used on passenger and freight
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on January 01, 2017, 10:23:22 PM
That sounds very interesting with an attractive range of train and liveries. I look forward to seeing some pictures of the different period running sessions.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on May 27, 2017, 01:01:42 PM
This morning I made a dedicated box to store the station. At least I can now fit fences, shelters and a footbridge and still safely store the whole assembly.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/52/2573-270517130130.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=52240)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Newportnobby on May 27, 2017, 03:10:50 PM
Aha. This may be the missing 'fourth' I asked about in your other post.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on July 08, 2017, 05:04:39 PM
After completing two urban scenes on Southgrove, my next project for completion is the station.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-080717170220.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53208)

This'll take several weeks as I'll need to scratchbuild station buildings (based on Rushcliffe Halt in BR days) as well as completing and painting the station approach and road.
I measured my Kestrel footbridge (currently in bits) and found I'll need to extend it so will source a new kit and incorporate bits and pieces from my damaged version into the finished article.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-080717170320.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53209)

The Kato Unitrack had started ungluing from the plastic base so I took it all up (with no damage) because it was easier to paint the platform sides and drains whilst no track was in place.
BTW for these photos, the track hasn't been glued back down.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on July 15, 2017, 05:54:49 PM
Work's progressing on the individual modules, including putting up loads of Ratio diagonally-slatted fencing (the GCR used that style), creating a car park and yard, and base for the Scenecraft signal box.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-150717175343.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53419)

Due to its fragility, especially the end roof finials, I won't permanently attach the 'box to the board.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-150717175406.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53420)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on July 16, 2017, 05:33:46 PM
This morning I set up the internal roadway for this layout (NB station module and track omitted for clarity) :

Note - the supermarket and offices look completely out of place in a rural setting!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-160717173119.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53422)

I'm now creating a pair of more suitable rural-style modules - eventually settled on two paddocks. They've used up much of my surplus fencing, the Woodland Scenics' (the darker green version) and Gaugemaster/Noch's grass matting, both lots are now down to the last few scraps in my scenics box.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-160717173203.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53423)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on July 22, 2017, 09:55:28 AM
Completed - for now - both paddocks.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/53/2573-220717095451.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=53598)

I'm not ruling out adding animals, also storesheds based on older derelict vehicles in the future.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 02, 2017, 08:16:28 PM
Having assessed my outstanding construction work, I'm resuming work on this station module because this is most likely to be completed sooner.
This'll serve as Southgrove's temporary station which will feature heritage steam and diesel operation.

Work's started on lengthening the footbridge (Kestrel) using parts from an unmade kit, the green bridge sections were cannibalised from my earlier damaged version.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-021017201212.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56316)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 02, 2017, 08:22:39 PM
Thanks for the update. I hope all will go well with this footbridge.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: port perran on October 02, 2017, 08:36:26 PM
That all looks very neat and tiday.
I'd definitely go for some animals in those two paddocks - and a few huts or shacks.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 02, 2017, 08:43:57 PM
My only model animals I have in stock are cows, but I think horses or ponies would look more appropriate in the paddocks.

I'm considering modelling abandoned vehicles (maybe old buses or vans?) to represent storage sheds.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: port perran on October 02, 2017, 08:56:35 PM
Or maybe pigs? There are some very nice pig houses available in N Scale.
How about the bodies of 4 wheel ventilated vans for the huts/sheds?
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 04, 2017, 07:20:54 PM
I have a test circuit made up from sections of styrene - which predates my modular layout - with Kato track so that locos and stock can be run in after purchase or repair.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-041017191920.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56361)

My latest heritage acquisition is Farish's Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46443 (372-628).
The prototype's preserved on the Severn Valley Railway, but was based at Saltley, 1961-1967 so it could have ventured down the Camp Hill line near to where my family then lived in Moseley.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-041017192019.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56362)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 04, 2017, 07:44:34 PM
Thanks for the update. Excellent photos. I remember seeing 46443 at the Severn Valley Railway, years ago. A very nice model loco.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 04, 2017, 07:50:26 PM
A lot of my stock haven't turned a wheel for ages, so I'll start unpacking items and giving them a gentle running session on this test track in order to iron out any possible faults, before using them on my larger modular layouts.

I'll reveal details of my heritage fleet which will be running on "Gotham & Costick" in the fullness of time - many of those were chosen for particular personal reasons. BTW I run them on DC.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 06, 2017, 09:39:26 PM
Farish's Standard 5 73158 (372-726)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-061017213750.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56404)

Unfortunately I'm not attending this weekend's GCR steam gala, but 73156 which was one of the batch initially allocated to the GC line in 1957, was supposed to run for the first time at the gala since withdrawal, it might still do so this weekend.

http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/the-railway/locomotives/73156-2/ (http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/the-railway/locomotives/73156-2/)

I'll renumber it to 73156, because it was reallocated to Tyseley shed at the time of my birth, so I'll at least own both locos that were shedded in the Birmingham area (with 46443) which are or have been available in Farish's range.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 06, 2017, 09:48:19 PM
Another very fine model of an excellent loco. class.

BR Standard Class 5MT 73082 "Camelot" (also preserved, these days) can be seen, sometimes, at Cant Cove.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 07, 2017, 09:21:42 AM
Farish's 45110 was bought for the Merseyside angle because our family lived there at the time the prototype hauled BR's last steam operated passenger train on 11 August 1968.
It ran on the first and final legs of the 15 Guinea Special between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime St. and is currently based on the Severn Valley Railway.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-071017092025.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56414)

The four maroon Mk1s (2 x factory weathered SOs, one factory weathered SK plus one pristine BCK) will provide the core formation for post-1958, London Midland Region operations.

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 07, 2017, 10:16:04 AM
It's the summer of '66 ... not long to go before withdrawal of passenger services ...

An inter-regional service between Poole and York featuring a mix of Southern Region green-liveried Bulleids and Mk1s, including the new-fangled rail blue style, hauled by D1662 Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Poole Farish) - Brunel was born in Portsmouth where I lived for much of my childhood.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-071017101511.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56415)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 07, 2017, 10:34:52 AM
Early 60s with Farish factory-weathered Jubilee 45572 Eire on Southern Region inter-regional service, all green Bulleids with Mk1 maroon BCK.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-071017103417.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56416)

My father was born in what was then called Eire.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 07, 2017, 10:47:48 AM
Thanks a lot for this latest set of photos. I remember seeing 45110 preserved.

I had a D1662 Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Poole Farish); since replaced by a specially commissioned D1662 Isambard Kingdom Brunel (Chinese Graham Farish by Bachmann).

I really like the BR SR Green Bulleid and Mark 1 stock and it was, indeed, run with newly liveried BR Blue & Grey Mark 1s behind SR steam locos. until the end of BR SR steam locos. services in 1967.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 07, 2017, 11:01:14 AM
Many different loco classes ventured onto the ex-GCR in the last few years before closure, including Britannias.

I'm very happy with my Minitrix version - it's simple to maintain and rugged - even though Dapol now offers this class of loco.
70000 Britannia was based at Norwich at the time where my mum and late gran lived.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-071017105927.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56417)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Bealman on October 07, 2017, 11:15:56 AM
There's nowt wrong with a Minitrix Britannia, especially if it's been looked after, which yours seems to have been.

I have two Minitrix 9Fs, which are old rugged good runners. Ok, British bodies on German chassis, but well engineered and quite acceptable.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 07, 2017, 11:42:37 AM
Last but not least for now ...

A mid-60s mixed freight headed by D5401 which includes two DB (German) and two FS (Italian) vans that were routed from the Harwich train ferry en route to the East Midlands.

I wanted to evaluate a Dapol class 27 prior to buying their 33 (which I haven't bought yet)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-071017114222.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56421)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: port perran on October 07, 2017, 11:57:38 AM
I'd recommend the Dapol 33.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 07, 2017, 12:17:43 PM
I'd recommend the Dapol 33.

Me, too. (Although the late model Grahan Farish ones are pretty good, too.)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 08, 2017, 11:33:17 AM
Work's progressing on some of the station's structures:

I found I could only use a few small sections of my earlier damaged footbridge (Kestrel kit), chiefly to lengthen the bridge deck.

As the layout is set during the BR steam era, I'm modelling the wooden shelter (being scratchbuilt) found on Rushcliffe Halt's London-bound platform and the cruder brick and concrete version (yet to be started) on the Nottingham-bound platform
http://www.greatcentraltoday.com/gcrn/rushcliffehalt.html (http://www.greatcentraltoday.com/gcrn/rushcliffehalt.html)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-081017113232.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56449)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 08, 2017, 07:50:14 PM
Rough mock-up of the footbridge and shelters

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-081017194812.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56464)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-081017194949.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56465)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 13, 2017, 09:46:19 PM
Here's my first passenger service, 45110 on a 2-coach local to Nottingham.

However the Kato tracks still needs more work done on the weathering.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-131017214442.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56675)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: port perran on October 13, 2017, 09:48:00 PM
Good to see trains running
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 12:17:02 PM
Another milestone ...

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017121325.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56682)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017121510.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56683)

This is the first time in ages that I've set up a double-track circuit AND had a train running (albeit only on one line)  :claphappy:

45110 again does the honours running through non-stop sometime in the mid-60s
(The real Rushcliffe Halt closed in 1963, the platform buildings were quickly demolished afterwards, but the footbridge remained intact at least until the 80s)

Assembled on 3 tables bought from B&M, size approx. 135 x 90 cm
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 12:49:38 PM
After storage for many months, an extended run with 45110 resulted in two traction tyres shedding from the tender wheels  :o . Fortunately spares are available and I'll shortly place an order.

I'll see if there are any more unpleasant surprises in my loco fleet.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 14, 2017, 01:10:32 PM
Sorry to read that. Was your loco. stored at room temperature and average humidity?
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 01:17:09 PM
We'll wind the clock back to 1957-58, the final years of Eastern Region operation.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017131248.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56684)

Late-crest Peppercorn pacific 60156 Great Central (appropriately) speeds through on a Sheffield Victoria express where it'll be swapped for an EM1 over the Pennines.

Peppercorn's pacifics were a rarity on this line but I had to own one!

BTW 45110 was stored in its original packaging in my spare room, but at normal room temperature and average humidity. It was bought secondhand.

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 14, 2017, 01:31:16 PM
Thanks for that. The Peppercorn Pacifics looked very good in BR Lined Green and naming them after LNER constituent companies was a very inspired decision. I guess the damage to the loco. tyres was done in its previous ownership?
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 01:49:05 PM
Here's my Union Mills GCR design locos:

D11/1 4-4-0 Director 62663 Prince Albert

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017133822.jpeg)

J11 0-6-0 64394

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017133741.jpeg)

I'm winding the clock back to 1950.
No Mk1s and few of BR's standard wagon designs had started entering service (the brake van)

Both classes were still active during 1957-58, but the Directors were spending increasing amounts of time in store.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 02:17:14 PM
"Director" 62663 Prince Albert rescues Swindon-York service after rostered Thompson B1 failed at Loughborough

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017141450.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56687)

Includes N Gauge Society/Dapol's GWR Collett full brake in formation.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 02:34:54 PM
It was a bad day for the Operating Department.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-141017143404.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56688)

A late-running Marylebone-Manchester London Road express was hauled by Austerity WD 2-8-0 90732 Vulcan after its A3 pacific was taken off due to an overheated big end bearing.
Fortunately a WD was available whilst shunting at East Leake and was commandeered to pull the train into Nottingham.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 14, 2017, 03:07:00 PM
Apart from the Black 5, all my other locos allocated to this layout are currently OK.
This is despite the fact that many of them hadn't turned a wheel for at least a year, ditto my rolling stock.

I'm not adding much more stock, except possibly an A3 pacific and possibly if my scratchbuilding skills are up to the mark, some genuine ex-GCR carriages - the Barnums are possible contenders

ex-open 3rd https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmightycat/5971175295 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnmightycat/5971175295)

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 14, 2017, 09:44:08 PM
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign: Thanks for the updates, always good to see trains running
        regards Derek.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 15, 2017, 10:02:53 AM
It took me about 20 minutes to set up the temporary layout because everything had to be carried from the spare room and about the same time to put everything away.

This setup will probably be my default choice if I want a quick two-train running session.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 19, 2017, 08:02:00 PM
I've had to decide whether to model and create signage to represent the station either in Eastern or London Midland Region eras.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-191017200041.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56891)

Looking at images on www.disused-stations.org.uk (http://www.disused-stations.org.uk) it appears until the LM Region takeover, station name boards were wooden with cast lettering but LM Region quickly replaced the old name boards with enamelled maroon running-in boards and platform totems.

As most of my stock represents the post-1957-58 period, I'm modelling this in London Midland condition.
Signs have been ordered online tonight from Trackside Signs.
The shelters will be completed in the next few days.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 21, 2017, 09:45:07 AM
Both shelters are now completed and installed on the platforms and I'm now waiting for my Trackside Signs order to arrive in order to add the station signs and undertake minor finishing work elsewhere.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/2573-211017094353.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56971)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 21, 2017, 10:03:44 AM
Looking very good.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Innovationgame on October 21, 2017, 10:53:30 AM
That looks brilliant!  You've obviously been beavering away.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: cornish yorkie on October 21, 2017, 09:32:14 PM
 :hellosign: Excellent modelling looking really good
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 27, 2017, 07:07:46 PM
Two days ago I received my customised station pack from Trackside Signs and tonight added the station name boards to finally complete the station in London Midland Region style.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/2573-271017190457.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57403)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/2573-271017190517.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57404)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/57/2573-271017190536.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=57405)

Four running-in boards, one at each end of both platforms.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: port perran on October 27, 2017, 07:11:40 PM
Very nice work.
The nameboards and running in boards look excellent.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on October 27, 2017, 07:18:57 PM
Signs are sticky-backed vinyls, mounted on 0.5 or 1mm thick styrene sheet and posts made from 1mm square styrene strip.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on October 27, 2017, 07:58:56 PM
Very nice work.
The nameboards and running in boards look excellent.

Seconded. Well worth the expense and effort.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on December 12, 2017, 07:20:34 PM
I ordered Farish's B1 1040 Roedeer from Rails at a bargain price, together with a Scenecraft Leyland PD2 bus in Trent's livery.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/59/2573-121217191815.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=59217)

The loco is significant to me because it combines my mum's month (10) and year of birth (40); moreover, it was initially allocated to Stratford, then Norwich Thorpe until 1951, when my mum could have seen it speeding through Diss or Tivetshall - source: BR Database
http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=locodata&type=S&id=600201041&loco=1040 (http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=locodata&type=S&id=600201041&loco=1040)

However I've no plans to model a section of ex-Great Eastern lines so it'll be loaned to the ex-Great Central.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Pedanticmongrel on January 19, 2018, 12:58:34 AM
The GC is currently being well catered for by both Dapol and Farish:

Dapol's 2S-011-003 60103 Flying Scotsman in express blue, or its train pack 2S-011-004 in early crest green ; allocated to Leicester 4 June 1950-15 November 1953 (source: brdatabase.info)

Farish 371-880 2-car 108 DMU, green with small yellow panels, destinations Nottingham/Rugby ;

Farish 372-519 46122 Scot "Royal Ulster Rifleman" in heavily weathered late crest BR green, allocated to Annesley, 15 December 1962-17 October 1964 (source: brdatabase.info)

The most appealing has to be 60103 Flying Scotsman in express blue ...

Not to mention; Graham Farish 371-825B Class 47/0 D1572 in BR Green, this loco pulled the last northbound pines express down the GC on the 3rd September 1966, and this model even has the correct headcode on one end to recreate that working!
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on February 22, 2019, 07:21:16 PM
Nothing's been done in terms of scenery, but I bought a 3-coach set of Dapol Maunsells, here on test on my small circuit.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/2573-220219190735.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=74352)

Std 5 73158 heads a relief Bournemouth/Portsmouth Harbour to York service.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/2573-220219190653.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=74351)

The whole formation will run through Gotham & Costick, it consists of two portions:
Bulleid 3-coach plus loose TO from Portsmouth Harbour;
3-coach Maunsell set from Bournemouth; unfortunately no catering facilities available.

Note the different shades of green from Farish and Dapol.
I've only got back in touch with quite a lot of former schoolmates and based on where they currently live I'm imagining a service from the south to York via Doncaster and Leeds.
Next thing I'll need to do is to add a portion to/from Bristol to Leeds via the Great Central.

Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on February 22, 2019, 08:53:11 PM
Ssshhh ... don't let London Midland Region know you can travel from Bristol to Leeds via the GC!

A 2-coach portion from Bristol Temple Meads, not advertised, runs as part of a semi-fast service via Bath and Chippenham and is detached at Swindon to be attached to a Swindon-York service. The portion is detached at Doncaster and is attached to a Leeds Central service.

I'll buy Dapol's Collett BCK + TK carriages to form that portion.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on March 01, 2019, 07:07:30 PM
Both my Dapol Collett carriages arrived by post today.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/2573-010319190050.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=74595)

York-Swindon with Bristol portion, 1949/50:

Collett BG in chocolate/cream (Dapol/N Gauge Society)
Collett BCK in crimson/cream (Dapol)
GER 54' BTK in brown (heavily modified Farish Poole generic corridor brake)
Gresley TK in teak (Dapol)
Gresley buffet car in teak (Dapol)
Gresley TK in crimson/cream (Dapol)
Gresley BCK in teak (Dapol)


(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/74/2573-010319191404.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=74596)

York-Swindon with Bristol portion, 1957/58:

Collett BCK in crimson/cream (Dapol)
Collett BCK in maroon (Dapol)
Mk1 BCK in crimson/cream (Farish)
Gresley TK in crimson/cream (Dapol)
Gresley buffet in crimson/cream (Dapol)
Mk1 CK in maroon (Farish)
Mk1 BG in maroon, factory weathered (Farish)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: cornish yorkie on March 01, 2019, 10:33:25 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: All looking good   :thumbsup:
     regards Derek.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Chris in Prague on March 02, 2019, 05:00:00 AM
Two very interesting mixed rakes of coaches. Thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on March 02, 2019, 10:19:16 AM
Two very interesting mixed rakes of coaches. Thanks for the photos.

This is why in part modelling the ex-GCR line appeals to me (as well as the line being known by my initials) because I could legitimately model a broad selection of trains.
I've got in touch with a lot of former schoolmates over the past few months and some of my fictitious services go to destinations where they live now (Doncaster, Staveley, Bristol, Basingstoke, Bournemouth and Portsmouth)
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on April 20, 2019, 06:18:24 PM
Today I found out another ex-schoolmate who now lives in Crawley.
I think I'll order some more Dapol Maunsells to create a portion for Crawley and Brighton from Leeds. Dapol's shade of green is closer to malachite compared with Farish's interpretation of BR's Southern Region green.
I don't know if SR's lined olive green livery lasted till just after nationalisation. Moreover Dapol's Maunsell crimson/cream carriages have a lined crimson band above the windows.

However I attended the York show this afternoon and examined Farish's birdcage sets. As much as I like them I can't imagine them travelling so far up north even on a rule 1 basis!
Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: gc4946 on May 18, 2019, 03:58:19 PM
Today I traded in some 'orribly oversized stock at Rails and came away with several Dapol models:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/2573-180519155442.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=77594)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/77/2573-180519155526.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=77595)

B17/4 61664 Liverpool in early crest lined green [our family briefly lived in the city];
Set of 3 Maunsell crimson/cream carriages;
1 Maunsell BCK in SR olive.

According to brdatabase.info, 61664 was allocated at Colwick on nationalisation then moved to Woodford Halse from July 1949 until October 1951 when it moved to Norwich Thorpe. Mum might have seen it travelling through Tivetshall, Norfolk in her childhood.

The Maunsells will join my other Southern Region stock on through services from Leeds to the sunny south.

Strictly speaking the olive green BCK should have its roof darkened and in need of a repaint.


Title: Re: Gotham and Costick - GCR London Extension in BR days
Post by: Innovationgame on May 18, 2019, 04:43:17 PM
According to brdatabase.info, 61664 was allocated at Colwick on nationalisation then moved to Woodford Halse from July 1949 until October 1951 when it moved to Norwich Thorpe.
That's good to know.  On Marton Hinmarche, it runs between Worcester Shrub Hill and Norwich Thorpe with a cross-regional passenger train in rhubarb and custard (as my dad used to call it).  The fish train runs via the Great Central, connecting via Woodford Halse.
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